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Author Akiko Itoyama

Price 1,080 yen (tax included)

ISBN 978-4-7890-1347-5

Published 2009-03-13

It's Only Talk, Akiko Itoyama's debut work, was nominated for the 129th Akutagawa Prize, won the 96th Bungakukai Prize for New Writers, and has been made into an acclaimed film.

Itoyama was born in Tokyo in 1966 and graduated from Waseda University. After over a decade of corporate life, she turned to writing during treatment for an illness, and has been a meteoric presence in contemporary Japanese literature since her debut in 2003. The author of more than a dozen books, Itoyama is the recipient of several literary awards, including the Kawabata Yasunari Prize for Fukurokoji no Otoko [Dead-End Man] and Japan's most prestigious award for literary fiction, the Akutagawa Prize, for Oki de Matsu [Waiting in the Offing].

A precocious reader who read hundreds of books a year in elementary school, she lists Lawrence Durrell, Michel Butor and J.M.G. Le Cl_zio among her sources of inspiration. Itoyama's writing crackles with snappy dialogue and shows a deep empathy for the displaced people who have fallen through the cracks of modern Japanese society.

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