Hikaru Okuizumi

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Hikaru Okuizumi

Hikaru Okuizumi 奥泉光

Hikaru Okuizumi (1956–)  first got into print with the 1986 publication of his novel Chi no tori, ten no gyogun (Birds of the Earth, Fishes of the Sky) in a literary magazine. Taki (Waterfall), an acclaimed short-story collection that came out in 1990, was listed for both the Mishima Yukio Prize and the Akutagawa Prize. Novārisu no in’yō (Citing Novalis), a work of metafiction, was awarded the Noma Prize for New Writers in 1993. But it was winning the Akutagawa the following year with the novella Ishi no raireki (The Stones Cry Out, tr. 2000) that truly cemented Okuizumi’s reputation. He became a leading figure in the postmodern fiction of the 1990s, combining a gift for parody and pastiche with the bold use of the mechanics of suspense to give his stories momentum. Shinki: Gunkan Kashihara satsujin jiken (Sacred Treasure: The Kashihara Warship Murders), which showcases his multifaceted talents, won the Noma Prize for Literature in 2009, and in 2014 his novel Tōkyō Jijoden (The Autobiography of Tokyo) garnered the Tanizaki Jun’ichirō Prize. A prolific author, his gift for storytelling is also on display in works like Gurando misuterī (Grand Mystery), Chōruigakusha no fantajia (Fantasia of an Ornithologist), and Shin chitei ryokō (New Journey to the Center of the Earth).
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Books by Hikaru Okuizumi
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    Sacred Treasure: The Kashihara Warship Murders

    The story is set in 1945. The Pacific War is nearing its end, and the writing is already on the wall for imperial Japan. In this daring "alternate history," the 5,890-ton light cruiser Kashihara steams out to sea bearing a crew of 400?and the destiny of J …

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    The Autobiography of Tokyo

    A spirit that resides in the land on which Tokyo is built offers an autobiographical account of the city and its history from 1845, when it was the seat of the Tokugawa shogunate, until 2011, the year Japan was hit by a massive earthquake and tsunami. Th …

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