Mahokaru Numata

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Mahokaru Numata

Mahokaru Numata 沼田まほかる

Mahokaru Numata (1948–)  was born in Osaka, the daughter of a Buddhist priest. She married a priest, but later divorced and took holy orders herself. She subsequently ran her own consulting firm in the construction industry for a time before making her literary debut in 2004 by winning the Horror and Suspense Grand Prize with her first novel, Kugatsu ga eien ni tsuzukeba (If September Could Last Forever). She was already in her mid-fifties at the time, but it wasn't until 2011 that her writing career really took off, when critics launched her into bestsellerdom by writing glowingly of one of her works already in paperback. In 2012 she won the Haruhiko Oyabu Award for her mystery novel Nan-Core (tr. 2015). Her other works include the novels Kanojo ga sono na o shiranai tori-tachi (The Birds She Doesn't Know the Names Of), Nekonari (Cat Sounds), and the horror novel Amida-sama (Amida Buddha). Incorporating notable doses of sex and violence in her works, she is known for delving deeply into such themes as love and hate, light and darkness, and the unfathomable mysteries of human existence.

Books by Mahokaru Numata
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    Amida Buddha

    This horror novel begins with the discovery of a little girl, naked except for the shoes on her feet, inside a refrigerator left at an industrial waste processing facility. Her rescuers are two men who were drawn to the scene by the girl's "primal energy" …

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    If September Could Last Forever

    This is the maiden novel by an exciting new face on the literary scene who has lately been producing one bestseller after another. The narrator is Sachiko Mizusawa, 41, a seamstress who works out of her home. Late one night, her 18-year-old son Fumih …

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