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Joh Sasaki

Joh Sasaki 佐々木譲

Joh Sasaki  (1950–)  is a writer of entertainment fiction noted for both its grandness of scale and attention to detail, qualities that are sometimes considered mutually exclusive. He boasts an extensive backlist. After graduating from high school, he worked at a variety of part-time and temporary jobs before making his literary debut in 1979 by winning the All Yomimono Prize for New Writers for Tekkihei, tonda (The Iron Horseman Leaps). Since 1984 he has devoted himself to writing full-time. In 1990, his spy novel Etorofu hatsu kinkyuden (Urgent Wire from Etorofu) won the Mystery Writers of Japan Award, the Yamamoto Shugoro Prize, and the Japan Adventure Fiction Association Prize. Since getting his start with hardboiled, adventure, and spy fiction, he has expanded into historical fiction and police novels, and in 2002 he received the Nitta Jiro Literary Prize for the historical novel Buyoden (The Life of Takeaki Enomoto). His roman-fleuve Keikan no chi (The Policeman's Lineage) took first place in the 2008 Konomys rankings and became a bestseller. In 2010 he was awarded the Naoki Prize for the linked story collection Haikyo ni kou (Prayer in the Ruins). The author's father was a returnee from the island of Etorofu in the Northern Territories now held by Russia; born and raised in Hokkaido himself, he has chosen Hokkaido settings for many of his works.
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Books by Joh Sasaki
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    Prayer in the Ruins

    Takashi Sendo, a police detective on leave for a depressive emotional disorder, is the protagonist of this set of linked stories about six incidents in small-town Hokkaido. Although still recuperating and without any official authority, Sendo digs into th …

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    The Policeman's Lineage

    This novel follows three generations in a family of Tokyo cops over a span of six decades. The story begins in 1948, when Japan is still recovering from World War II. Soon after getting married, Seiji Anjo learns that his wife is pregnant. As a demobilize …

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