Sumito Yamashita claims 156th Akutagawa Prize

Jan 20, 2017

Sumito Yamashita claims 156th Akutagawa Prize

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The 156th Akutagawa Prize was awarded to 50-year-old author Sumito Yamashita for his book “Shinsekai (New World),” which explores his teenage experiences, the selection committee of the prestigious literary award announced Thursday. “It’s delightful,” said Yamashita during a news conference held at a Tokyo ...

Italy unlocks secrets of its own Sherlock Holmes

Jan 20, 2017

Italy unlocks secrets of its own Sherlock Holmes

With his Sherlock Holmes-style penchant for using multiple disguises to help crack his cases, Giuseppe Dosi was no ordinary policeman. And nearly 36 years after his death, Italians are still discovering the secrets of the “artist detective.” Dosi, who was born in 1891, abandoned ...

Jan 10, 2017

Murakami's new book to be released Feb. 24 in Japan

Haruki Murakami’s new book has a title, though its content remains a mystery. “Kishidancho Goroshi,” or “Killing Commendatore,” will hit Japanese bookstores Feb. 24, the book’s publisher, Shinchosha Publishing Co., said Tuesday. Overseas availability isn’t yet known. Shinchosha said the book will have two ...

'Watership Down' author Richard Adams dies at age 96

Dec 28, 2016

'Watership Down' author Richard Adams dies at age 96

British author Richard Adams, whose 1972 book “Watership Down” became a classic of children’s literature, has died, according to his daughter. He was 96. Juliet Johnson said on Tuesday that Adams died in Oxfordshire, England on Christmas Eve after getting progressively weaker in recent ...

Murakami's new novel set for February release in Japan

Dec 1, 2016

Murakami's new novel set for February release in Japan

Haruki Murakami’s new novel is being released in Japan in February, and that’s about as much as his fans are being told. Publisher Shinchosha Publishing Co. made the announcement Wednesday. The book’s title, theme and exact date of release remain a mystery. The publisher ...

The hidden heart of Natsume Soseki

Nov 26, 2016

The hidden heart of Natsume Soseki

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Dec. 9 marks the 100th anniversary of the death of Natsume Soseki (1867-1916), a novelist widely regarded as being the one of the greatest writers of modern Japan. Events commemorating this anniversary have been held throughout 2016 but, in case you think it will ...

'Frankenstein' predicted a concept key to modern biology

Oct 30, 2016

'Frankenstein' predicted a concept key to modern biology

Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” foreshadowed a key concept in evolutionary biology that was formally defined by scientists a full century after the man-made monster shambled across the pages of the 19th-century novel, an academic study published on Friday found. The study, which is titled “Frankenstein ...