Noboru Tsujihara

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Noboru Tsujihara

Noboru Tsujihara 辻原登

Noboru Tsujihara (1945–)  is an impenitent offender when it comes to playing tricks on the reader. He presents impossible cock-and-bull stories so deftly and brazenly that readers cannot help but be taken in. Writing on the side while working at an office job, he made his literary debut in 1985 with the novella Inu kakete (Swear by Dog), which was published by the literary journal Bungakukai and short-listed for the Akutagawa Prize. He later won that prize in 1990 with a novella set in the Chinese hinterlands, Mura no namae (The Name of the Village). In 1999, his first full-length novel Tobe kirin (Fly, Kylin) received the Yomiuri Prize for Literature and cemented his reputation as a writer of serious literature. He has also produced numerous highly entertaining works of a somewhat lighter nature, such as the World War II adventure story Jasumin (Jasmine, 2004), in which a man searches for his father who is missing in China; Yurusarezaru mono (The Unforgiven, 2009; recipient of the Mainichi Art Award), a historical novel about a physician striving to modernize during the Meiji period (1868?1912); and Yami no oku (Heart of Darkness), modeled on Joseph Conrad's work of the same name.

Books by Noboru Tsujihara
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    Jasmine

    With this adventurous, neo-historical Tale of Two Cities linking the Tien'anmen Massacre of 1989 and the Kobe Earthquake of 1995 through a daring international love affair, acclaimed author Noboru Tsujihara takes a leap from "high literature" to popular e …

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    Yudotei Enboku

    This is a collection of ten linked stories centering on young contemporary rakugo performer Yudotei Enboku, who goes blind when he is just about to be promoted to the rank of master storyteller. Author Noboru Tsujihara, known for the surprises he pul …

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    The Y Tree

    This volume contains one mid-length and three short works of literary fiction. A well-rounded collection by a seasoned writer, it addresses a wide variety of themes from distinctive angles and with penetrating insights. The mid-length title piece portray …

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    The Kept Parrot

    A top-notch tale of suspense reminiscent of Patricia Highsmith’s novels, or of Scott Smith’s A Simple Plan. Author Noboru Tsujihara is known for his meticulously detailed descriptions and the incomparable lyricism of his prose. The story is set in th …

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