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Amy Yamada

Amy Yamada 山田詠美

Amy Yamada  (1959–)  , who published as a manga writer before making her literary debut, has proven herself an author of rare talent from day one, but perhaps her greatest strength comes from having relentlessly honed her craft in the years since. The results of this dedication are impressively displayed in her more recent short stories in particular. Her first big splash on the literary scene came with the novella Bedtime Eyes in 1985 (tr. 2006), which won the Bungei Prize. Among other awards, she received the Naoki Prize in 1987 for her story Soru myujikku rabazu onri (Soul Music Lovers Only); the Women's Literature Prize in 1991 for the novel Trash (tr. 1996); the Yomiuri Prize for Literature in 2000 for Ei tu zi (A2Z); and the Tanizaki Jun'ichiro Prize in 2005 for her collection of stories Fumi zekka (Wonderful Flavor).

Books by Amy Yamada
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    Bedtime Eyes

    This riveting romance about a Japanese woman's relationship with an African-American soldier won the Bungei Prize in 1985. Amy Yamada burst onto the literary scene with this novel, which attracted much public attention for its audacious content when …

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    Wonderful Flavor

    This collection of short stories was published at the 20-year mark of Yamada's writing career. The central characters of all six tales are male manual laborers. Toiling at jobs in crematoriums, high-rise construction, garbage collection and the like, they …

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    I Can’t Study

    High-school student Hidemi Tokita is a poor performer when it comes to grades. But he does all right on his soccer team at school, and at night he carries on a passionate romance with Momoko, an older girl who works at an inexpensive bar. He finds the dai …

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