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Sayaka Murata



Sayaka Murata (1979–) was a fan of manga and novels for girls and started writing fiction while still in elementary school. She became serious about her vocation during college, and made her debut as a writer in 2003 when Junyū (Breast-Feeding), a short story, received a merit award in the Gunzō Prize for New Writers competition. She continued writing while supporting herself with odd jobs like clerking at convenience stores, and in 2009 won the Noma Prize for New Writers for Gin iro no uta (Silver Song). In 2013, she took the Mishima Yukio Prize for Shiro-iro no machi no, sono hone no taion no (Of Bones, of Body Heat, of Whitening City). With her unusual style and her ability to penetrate disturbingly far into the recesses of contemporary female psychology, she is one of the rising stars of women’s writing. Other works include Mausu (Mouse, 2008), Hoshi ga suu mizu (Water for the Stars, 2010), and Hakobune (Ark, 2011).

Genres: Literary Fiction