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Ko Machida

Ko Machida 町田康

Ko Machida  (1962–)  has had an unusual career trajectory, to say the least. Inspired by the Sex Pistols, he made himself lyricist and vocalist of his own punk-rock band, Inu, while still in high school. After seeing the group through its major debut and eventual dissolution, he continued to sing and act while also gaining recognition as a poet with the publication of his 1992 anthology Kuge (Offering of Flowers). In 1996 his first story, Kussun Daikoku (Weeping Daikoku), appeared in a magazine, earning him an Akutagawa Prize nomination and prompting him to focus primarily on prose fiction. Although initially noted for tales—including the Akutagawa Prize-winning novella Kiregire (Shreds, 2000)—told in the voices of aimless and idiosyncratic male characters, he has since broadened his range to include everything from true-crime novels like Kokuhaku (Confession, 2005) to fantastical samurai yarns.

Books by Ko Machida
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    Shreds

    The first-person narrator of the title novella in this volume is the son of a family running a long-established pottery shop. After his father's death, the store thrived for a time under his mother's management, but the son shows little interest in work o …

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    Confession

    This novel is based on the Kawachi junin-giri incident, a ten-murder spree that took place in a village near Osaka in 1893. Events are described from the perspective of Kumataro Kido, one of the two culprits, and extend from his early years to the crimes …

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