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Shion Miura

Shion Miura 三浦しをん

Shion Miura  (1976–)  , daughter of a well-known Japanese classics scholar, acquired her love of reading at a very young age. When, as a senior in the Faculty of Letters at Waseda University, she began her job hunt looking for an editorial position, a literary agent recognized her writing talent and hired her to begin writing an online book review column even before she graduated. Miura made her fiction debut a year after finishing college, in 2000, when she published the novel Kakuto suru mono ni maru (A Passing Grade for Those Who Fight), based in part on her own experiences during the job hunt. When she won the Naoki Prize in 2006 for her linked-story collection Mahoro ekimae Tada Benriken (The Handymen in Mahoro Town), she had not yet reached her 30th birthday?an unusually young age for this prize; in fact it was her second nomination. Her novels since then include the 2006 Kaze ga tsuyoku fuiteiru (The Wind Blows Hard), about the annual Ekiden long-distance relay race in which universities compete, and the 2010 Kogure-so monogatari (The Kogure Apartments), depicting the lives of people dwelling in an old rundown wooden-frame apartment house. In 2012 she received the Booksellers Award for the novel Fune o amu (The Great Passage), a tale about compiling a dictionary. A manga aficionado, Miura has declared herself a particular fan of the "boys' love" subgenre about young homosexual encounters.

Books by Shion Miura
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    The Handymen in Mahoro Town

    This series of tales set in the fictional city of Mahoro, a suburban municipality of 300,000 on the southwestern outskirts of the Tokyo metropolis, centers on Tada, a man in his mid-thirties. The sole proprietor of the Tada Handyman's Shop, his motto is " …

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    The Great Passage

    The story follows the lengthy process of compiling a dictionary, bringing a genuine sense of drama to the lives of people who immerse themselves day after day in the constant flux of language. Mitsuo Majime is 27 and in his third year of employment at the …

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    The Wind Blows Hard

    On a cold March night, Kansei University senior Haiji Kiyose encounters Kakeru Kurahara out for a run. When in high school, Kakeru had dominated the interscholastic long-distance races he entered, and Haiji, who was also a runner in high school, is drawn …

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    Masa and Gen

    Day-to-day events in the lives of two 73-year-old men from the old shitamachi section of Tokyo, who have known each other since they were boys, are portrayed in this humorous spin on the realities of growing old in an aging society. Kunimasa Arita and Ge …

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