The Future of New Writing: Sayaka Murata
From Freeman's, Issue Number Four
Sayaka Murata was born in Chiba Prefecture in 1979 and graduated from the Department of Literature at Saitama University. Her debut work, Junyū (Breastfeeding), won the Gunzō Prize for New Writers in 2003. In 2009 she won the Noma Prize for New Writers with Gin iro no uta (Silver Song); in 2013, the Yukio Mishima Prize for Shiro-iro no machi no, sono hone no taion no (Of Bones, of Body Heat, of Whitening City); in 2014, the Sense of Gender Prize and Measures to Counter the Falling Birthrate Special Prize for Satsujin shussan (Breeders and Killers); and in 2016, the Akutagawa Prize for Konbini ningen (Convenience Store Woman). Other works include Tadaima tobira (A Welcoming Door) and Shōmetsu sekai (Dwindling World).
Photo by Sayo Nagase.