Setsuko Shinoda

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Setsuko Shinoda

Setsuko Shinoda 篠田節子

Setsuko Shinoda  (1955–)  found employment with the city of Hachiōji after college, working in such places as the public library, but she also attended cultural-center classes with her sights set on becoming a writer. Among her fellow students was the now best-selling author Miyuki Miyabe. Shinoda’s writerly debut came in 1990, when she won the Shōsetsu Subaru New Writers’ Award for Kinu no hen’yō (The Transformation of Silk), a science-fiction novel of biotech horror and panic. She began churning out works across the sci-fi, horror, and fantasy spectrum, gaining a reputation for intricate description founded on meticulous research. Her star rose to new heights in 1997, when she received the Yamamoto Shūgorō Prize for Gosaintan: Kami no za (Gosaintan: Seat of the Gods), a novel of the supernatural linking Japan and Nepal, and the Naoki Prize for Onna-tachi no jihādo (Women’s Jihad), a novel delving into the social position of women in contemporary Japan. She won the Shibata Renzaburō Award in 2009 for Kasō girei (False Rites), the MEXT Award for the Arts in 2011 for the two mid-length works included in Sutābato Māteru (Stabat Mater), and the Chuo Koron Literary Prize in 2015 for the novel Indo kurisutaru (India Crystal). Her other novels include Burakku bokkusu (Black Box) and Fuyu no hikari (Winter Light). She is a prolific producer of first-rate entertainment fiction in which her careful research habits shine.

Books by Setsuko Shinoda
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    False Rites

    Set in contemporary Japan and told with a suspenseful touch, the story follows the rise and fall of a new religion created for the sole purpose of making money. Masahiko Suzuki, 38, has a position of responsibility in the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, bu …

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    Winter Light

    Yasuhiro Tomioka was a baby-boomer, born in 1949. Like many of his generation he was a student activist in college, but upon graduation he went to work for a major heavy industry manufacturer with a hand in defense contracts, and became a typical corporat …

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    India Crystal

    Set in a remote village in India, this is the story of a Japanese businessman who seeks to gain a supply of the natural crystals required for his small manufacturing business. He is rescued repeatedly from difficulties by the mysterious heroine Rosa. Fuj …

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