So Aono

So Aono 青野聰

So Aono  (1943–)  was born in Tokyo, the third son of the renowned literary critic Suekichi Aono. He studied literature at Waseda University but withdrew before graduating and went to Europe in 1966, traveling extensively there and in northern Africa. He returned to Japan in 1971, publishing his first work that year in the Waseda literary journal. After spending another five years in Europe from 1972 to 1977, he came back to Japan once again and began building a name for himself by putting out a steady stream of literary and critical writings. He has translated works by Charles Bukowski into Japanese. Still active as a writer and critic, he also teaches at Tama Art University. His major awards include the 1979 Akutagawa Prize for Gusha no yoru (Night of the Fools), the 1998 MEXT Award for the Arts for Ningen no itonami (Human Conduct), and the 1992 Yomiuri Prize for Literature for Haha yo (tr. O Mother).

Books by So Aono
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    O Mother

    The writings in this book, collectively a poetic message from the writer to his mother, who died when he was young, won the Yomiuri Literary Prize in 1992. The sequence of five stories in this book, each beginning with the words "O Mother," describe a ch …