'Third Generation' novelist Shumon Miura dies at 91

Feb 5, 2017

'Third Generation' novelist Shumon Miura dies at 91

Shumon Miura, renowned novelist who also led the Cultural Affairs Agency, died of pneumonia at a Tokyo hospital on Friday, his family said Saturday. He was 91. Miura was known as one of the so-called Third Generation of postwar writers including Shusaku Endo and Junnosuke ...

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 hotel ...

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 his dreams ...

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 parts, subtitled ...

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 showed two ...