Kenta Nishimura

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Kenta Nishimura

Kenta Nishimura 西村賢太

Kenta Nishimura  (1967–)  is a practitioner of the Japanese genre of self-revelatory fiction known as the I-novel. His stories are based on certain periods of his own life, though the time frames are anything but linear. Nishimura's vicissitudes began in elementary school, when his parents divorced after his father, the owner of a transport business, committed a sex offense. Nishimura left home after middle school and supported himself through manual labor. At age 23 he encountered the works of Seizo Fujisawa (1889?1932), an I-novelist who died in abject poverty, and through collecting Fujisawa's publications and memorabilia became motivated to begin writing himself. Ankyo no yado (Living in a Drain) brought him the Noma Prize for New Writers in 2007. He won the 2010 Akutagawa Prize for the novella Kueki ressha (Labor Train) and has also been nominated for the Kawabata Yasunari Prize.

Books by Kenta Nishimura
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    Labor Train

    "I don't have any friends . . . I hope that readers will feel redeemed knowing there's someone out there even more pathetic than they are." So said the author about the title novella at his Akutagawa Prize press conference, striking a chord with young peo …

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    Living in a Drain

    The title novella, one of two in this collection, focuses on a 35-year-old narrator reminiscent of the author himself. The man has been seeing his first steady girlfriend (someone six years younger) in a decade, and now that the relationship has lasted fo …

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