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Kanako Nishi

Translated by Allison Markin Powell

‘I had an odd feeling as I regarded Yō, who knew things about me that I hadn’t known.’

Kanako Nishi

Born in Tehran in 1977, Kanako Nishi grew up in Cairo and Osaka. She made her debut in 2004 with short story collection Aoi (Blue). Her novel Tsutenkaku (Osaka Tower) won the Sakunosuke Oda Prize in 2007, and in 2012, she received the first Hayao Kawai Prize for her novel Fukuwarai (Lucky Laugh). Her masterpiece, Saraba! won the prestigious Naoki prize in 2015. She currently lives in Vancouver.

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Translated by Allison Markin Powell

Allison Markin Powell has been awarded grants from English PEN and the NEA, and the 2020 PEN America Translation Prize for The Ten Loves of Nishino by Hiromi Kawakami. Her other translations include works by Osamu Dazai, Fuminori Nakamura, and Shiori Ito (forthcoming). She was the co-organizer and co-host of the Translating the Future conference, and she maintains the database Japanese Literature in English.

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