Hideo Furukawa 古川日出男
Hideo Furukawa (1966–) is hailed by many in Japan’s literary world as a prodigy worthy of inheriting the mantle of Haruki Murakami. While Furukawa has produced an homage to Murakami in the form of a remix of Chūgoku yuki no surō bōto (Slow Boat to China), and acknowledges him (along with Gabriel García Márquez) as one of his biggest influences, the two authors' approaches are in fact quite different. Furukawa is as highly regarded for the richness of his storytelling as for his willingness to experiment; chameleon-like, he changes style with every new book. His first published work, 13 (1998), made bold use of magical realism; his fourth book, Arabia no yoru no shuzoku (The Arabian Nightbreeds), established his career. His best-known novel is the 2008 Seikazoku (Holy Family), an epic work of alternate history set in northeastern Japan, where he was born. His 2011 Umatachi yo, soredemo hikari wa muku de (Horses, Horses, in the End the Light Remains Pure: A Tale That Begins with Fukushima, tr. 2016), written after Furukawa visited the area devastated by the earthquake and tsunami of 2011, is considered a sequel. In 2015 he received the Noma Prize for New Writers for Onna-tachi sanbyaku-nin no uragiri no sho (The Book of 300 Treacherous Women), based on the classic Tale of Genji (ca. 1011).