Toshiyuki Horie

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Toshiyuki Horie

Toshiyuki Horie 堀江敏幸

Toshiyuki Horie (1964–)  is a scholar of French literature and a professor at Waseda University. After producing several translated works, he made his debut as an author in 1995 with Kōgai e (To the Suburbs), going on to win the Mishima Yukio Prize and a number of other literary awards. As epitomized by his novel Kuma no shikiishi (The Bear and the Paving Stone, translated into French as Le pavé de l'ours), which won the Akutagawa Prize, his writing probes the area between truth and fiction, straddling the line between essays on his own experiences and purely fictional outings. In his works he carefully selects his words and meticulously arranges episodes and characters both famous and nameless, but manages never to rob his text of its elegant fluency. In 2003 he won the Kawabata Yasunari Prize for the short story Sutansu dotto (Approach Dots), and in 2004 the Tanizaki Jun'ichirō Prize for the collection Yukinuma to sono shūhen (Yukinuma and its Environs). He has received the Yomiuri Prize for Literature twice: for his 2005 novel Kagan bōjitsu shō (Riverbank Days), and for 2009's Seigen kyokusen (Sine Curve) in the essay category.

Books by Toshiyuki Horie
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    Riverbank Days

    This novel is an account of how a Japanese man, having gone to France, passes his days on a flat-bottomed boat (18.5 meters long) tied up on the banks of the Seine, empty of fuel. Over a decade earlier, he had helped an old man who had collapsed while out …

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    Yukinuma and Its Environs

    This collection of seven interlinked short stories is set in Yukinuma, an obscure town in the mountains with nothing special about it except a small ski area. The opening story, Sutansu dotto (Approach Dots), won the Kawabata Yasunari Prize. (The title re …

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    Means of Effacement: In Search of a Nameless Poet

    The first-person narrator, who appears to be a stand-in for the author himself, is studying abroad in France when he happens upon an old picture postcard written and sent before World War II with what appears to be a poem in the message space. It intrigue …

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