Biography

Minae Mizumura

Minae Mizumura is one of the most important writers in Japan today. Born in Tokyo, she moved with her family to Long Island, New York when she was 12. She studied French literature at Yale College and Yale Graduate School. Her other novels include the Yomiuri Prize-winning A TRUE NOVEL (Other Press, 2013), ZOKU MEIAN (Light and Dark Continued), a sequel to the unfinished classic LIGHT AND DARK by Soseki Natsume, and SHISHOSETSU FROM LEFT TO RIGHT (An I-Novel from Left to Right), an autobiographical work. Her most recent book in English, THE FALL OF LANGUAGE IN THE AGE OF ENGLISH, was published in 2015 by Columbia University Press. She lives in Tokyo.

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Books by Minae Mizumura

by Minae Mizumura - Fiction

Mitsuki Katsura, a Japanese woman in her mid-50s, is a French language instructor at a private university in Tokyo. Her husband, whom she met in Paris, is a professor at a different private university. He is having an affair with a much younger woman. In addition to her husband’s infidelity, Mitsuki must deal with her ailing 80-something mother, a demanding, self-absorbed woman who is nothing like the idealized image of the patient, self-sacrificing Japanese matriarch. Mitsuki finds herself guiltily dreaming of the day when her mother will finally pass on. Though doing everything she can to ensure her mother’s happiness, she grows weary of the responsibility of being a doting daughter and worries she is sacrificing her chance to find fulfillment in her middle age.

by Minae Mizumura - Fiction

Flashbacks and multilayered stories reveal the life of Taro, a relentlessly ambitious Japanese immigrant trying to make his fortune. These flashbacks include memories of an impoverished upbringing as an orphan, his eventual rise to wealth and success --- despite racial and class prejudice --- and an obsession with a girl from an affluent family that has haunted him all his life. A TRUE NOVEL then widens into an examination of Japan’s westernization and the emergence of a middle class.