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Yôko Ogawa

Japan (b.1962)

Yoko Ogawa is a Japanese novelist, born in Okayama prefecture in 1962. She won one of the most important prize in 1988 with her debut novel, "Agehachou ga kowareru toki (When the swallowtail breaks)" and since then she became one of the leading novelist in Japan.

Genres: Literary Fiction, Science Fiction
New and upcoming books
August 2024

Mina's Matchbox
   The Housekeeper and the Professor (2007)
     aka The Gift of Numbers
   Hotel Iris (2010)
   The Memory Police (2019)
   Mina's Matchbox (2024)
   The Diving Pool (2008)
   Revenge (2013)
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Lady Joker 2 (2022)
(Lady Joker, book 2)
Kaoru Takamura
"A novel that portrays with devastating immensity how those on the dark fringes of society can be consumed by the darkness of their own hearts."
The Woman in the Purple Skirt (2021)
Natsuko Imamura
"Imamura definitely has a rare talent for depicting people who are a little out of the ordinary. . . . By the time I got to the end, a powerful sense of the narrator’s loneliness forcing its way through the madness gripped my heart."
Touring the Land of the Dead (2021)
Maki Kashimada
"The tense disquiet that hangs over the work has a unique charm. This is a world that only Kashimada could have depicted."

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