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Maki Kashimada

Maki Kashimada 鹿島田真希

Maki Kashimada  (1976–)  majored in French literature in college and wrote her senior thesis on the literary theorist Julia Kristeva. While still a student she was encouraged by a friend to submit the novel Nihiki (Two) for the 1998 Bungei Prize, which she won. In the years since, she has established herself as a writer of literary fiction and become known for her avant-garde style. In 2005 she received the Mishima Yukio Prize for Rokusendo no ai (Love at 6,000 Degrees Celsius), a novel set in Nagasaki and based on Hiroshima mon amour by Marguerite Duras, and in 2007 she took the Noma Prize for New Writers for Pikarudi no sando (Picardy Third). Beginning with the novella Nanba wan konsutorakushon (No. 1 Construction) in 2006, she was nominated three times for the Akutagawa Prize before ultimately garnering the award in 2012 with Meido-meguri (Touring the Land of the Dead). One of her best-known works is Zero no okoku (The Kingdom of Zero, 2009), which reworks Dostoevsky's The Idiot into the tale of a saintly idiot in Japan. She has been a follower of the Japanese Orthodox Church since high school and is married to a member of its clergy.

Books by Maki Kashimada
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    Love at 6,000 Degrees Celsius

    This novella employs Marguerite Duras' Hiroshima mon amour as a substructure and makes daring use of "L'Amant" as a narrative device, just like Duras. The action, however, is moved to Nagasaki, the other A-bombed city. "She" (the female narrator) is a wom …

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    Touring the Land of the Dead

    Natsuko lives with her husband Taichi, who came down with a brain disease and was forced to stop working eight years ago. Ever since then they have had to get along on her part-time wages and what he receives in disability. But to Natsuko this is an impro …

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