Jinsei TSUJI Hitonari

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During the 1980’s, Tsuji started seriously writing novels as a “Blank Generation” writer.
In 1989, his first novel, Pianissimo won the 13th Subaru Prize for Literature (Subaru Bungaku Sho).

In 1997, he was awarded the 116th Akutagawa Prize for Kaikyo no Hikari (The Light from the Straits).

In 1999, he was awarded the Prix Femina Award, a prestigious French literary prize, in the foreign novel category, for the French translation of Le Boudda blanc (The White Buddha, Hakubutsu, published by Mercure de France).
He is the first Japanese writer to ever win the Prix Femina Award.

His novels are translated in different languages and published in many countries, such as France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Turkey, China, Taiwan, South Korea, and Thailand.

His English translated short story, Tomorrow’s Promises was introduced in The Literary Review as a Pen Translation Award-winning story.

Tsuji has been selected by French literary magazine, LIRE as one of the world’s 50 prospective novelists.

His serial novel was featured in The Hankyoreh newspaper in South Korea. Tsuji is the first Japanese native novelist to have his work published in The Hankyoreh.

Tsuji currently lives in Paris and continues writing his novels.

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