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A Clean Marriage

Sayaka Murata

Translated by Ginny Tapley Takemori

‘Frequency of sex since marriage: zero.’ Sayaka Murata on a sexless marriage and the ‘Clean Breeder’ technique for pleasureless reproduction.

Sayaka Murata

Sayaka Murata’s work has been awarded the 2009 Noma Prize for New Writers, the 2013 Yukio Mishima Prize and the 2016 Akutagawa Prize. Her novel, Convenience Store Woman, is now available in English, published by Portobello Books in the UK and Grove Atlantic in the US.

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Translated by Ginny Tapley Takemori

Ginny Tapley Takemori has translated fiction by more than a dozen early modern and contemporary Japanese writers, from bestsellers Sayaka Murata, Ryu Murakami and Kyotaro Nishimura to literary greats Izumi Kyoka and Okamoto Kido. Her most recent publications are Miyuki Miyabe’s Puppet Master and Tomiko Inui’s The Secret of the Blue Glass, which was shortlisted for the Marsh Award. Previously she was an editor at Kodansha International and a Spain-based foreign rights agent.

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