Sayaka Murata and the art of neutrality

National / Media | MEDIA MIX Jul 30, 2016

Sayaka Murata and the art of neutrality

by Philip Brasor

When 36-year-old Sayaka Murata recently won the prestigious Akutagawa Prize for literature, the media latched onto the author's background rather than the novel itself. Murata continues to work part-time as a convenience store clerk, and gains inspiration for characters and plots from her work ...