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Rieko Matsuura

Rieko Matsuura 松浦理英子

Rieko Matsuura (1958–)   has written so few works that it's been said at least seven years have to pass before she comes out with a new book. Her slow pace testifies to her uncompromising creative stance, which does not allow her to be satisfied with producing anything that resembles even her own previous work. Although she often writes about lesbianism and sadomasochism, her gaze penetrates beyond sexual love to the vagaries of human existence. Matsuura was a 20-year-old college student when her novella Sogi no hi (The Day of the Funeral, 1978) launched her literary career by winning the Bungakukai Prize for New Writers as well as an Akutagawa Prize nomination. In 1993 The Apprenticeship of Big Toe P (English translation from Kodansha International, 2010) became a bestseller and brought her the Women's Literature Prize. Ura bajon (Opposite Version), a metafictional account of the exchanges between a 40-year-old unemployed ex-author and her female housemate, came seven years later in 2000; it took another seven years for the publication of her latest work, Kenshin (A Dog's Body), a winner of the Yomiuri Prize for Literature.

Books by Rieko Matsuura
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    A Dog's Body

    Here's a novel that hinges on the outrageous idea of a woman turning to a dog outside, while staying human inside. Thirty-year-old Fusae, an editor of a regional city ad paper, adores dogs so much she honestly wishes she could be one and claims to be suff …

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    The Apprenticeship of Big Toe P

    This novel about a woman whose big toe turns into a penis caused a media sensation when it was published in 1993. Winner of the Women's Literature Prize, it is an extremely intelligent work that takes the reader on a sensual roller-coaster ride: it manage …

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