Kiyoshi Shigematsu

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Kiyoshi Shigematsu

Kiyoshi Shigematsu 重松清

Kiyoshi Shigematsu  (1963–)   worked during his college years on the editorial staff of Waseda University's literary journal Waseda bungaku. During this period Shigematsu would often visit writer Kenji Nakagami to solicit his writing wisdom and help nurse the drunken author back to sobriety. After graduating, Shigematsu worked as an editor at a major publishing house before going solo as a freelance writer. He steeped himself in the craft, writing and editing magazine articles and taking on ghostwriting work. His debut as an author came in 1991 with Bifoa ran (Before Run); after that he distinguished himself as a writer of young adult fiction. In 1999 two of his works with young men as protagonists won awards: Naifu (Knife) took the Tsubota Joji Literature Award and Eiji the Yamamoto Shugoro Prize. In 2001 Bitamin F (Vitamin F), his third work nominated for the Naoki Prize, garnered him the celebrated award. He remains a best-selling and multitalented author, with family-themed novels a major part of his oeuvre.

Books by Kiyoshi Shigematsu
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    Vitamin F

    Inspired by the idea that there should be works of literature that act like vitamins for the human soul, author Kiyoshi Shigematsu writes that he crafted these linked works around key words beginning with F: family, father, friend, fight, fragile, and for …

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    Spring Comes Again

    This compilation of seven short stories was written in memory of those who died in the Great East Japan Earthquake Disaster of March 2011, praying for their repose and for the region's recovery. The title piece centers on Hiroyuki, who moved away to Toky …

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