Yasutaka Tsutsui 筒井康隆
Yasutaka Tsutsui (1934–) was born in Osaka and graduated from Doshisha University in Kyoto. He is particularly well known for his science fiction. His short story O-tasuke (Help), which appeared in the first issue of NULL, a science-fiction magazine he founded, won him the recognition and respect of Edogawa Rampo, the celebrated "father of Japanese mystery writing." In the 1970s Tsutsui began experimenting with a variety of styles, from slapstick and black humor to metafiction. His Rappa o fuku otōto (My Brother the Trumpeter) and 48-oku no mōsō (4.8 Billion Delusions) have been translated into German (respectively titled Mein bruder, der Trompeter and Millandenwahn), and Kazoku hakkei (tr. What the Maid Saw) and Tatazumu hito (tr. Standing Woman) are available in English. He has received the 1981 Izumi Kyoka Prize for Kyojin tachi (Great Hollow Men), the 1989 Kawabata Yasunari Prize for Yoppadani e no kōka (Fall into Yoppa Valley), and the 1999 Yomiuri Prize for Literature for Watashi no guranpa (My Grandpa).