Sawako Ariyoshi

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Sawako Ariyoshi

Sawako Ariyoshi ( Japanese 有 吉 佐 和 子 , Ariyoshi Sawako ; born January 20, 1931 in Wakayama , Wakayama Prefecture , Japan , † August 30, 1984 in Tokyo ) was a Japanese writer.


Ariyoshi began studying literature and theater in Tokyo in 1949, graduating in 1952. In 1959, she spent a year as a Rockefeller Fellow at Sara Lawrence College in New York . She wrote short stories as well as novels, plays and screenplays. Her works often deal with domestic life in Japan and address social problems. They have been translated primarily into English and so far only partially into German. Her best-known work is the historical novel Hanaoka Seishū no tsuma ( Eng . Kae and her rival , Eng. The Doctor's Wife ), which on the one hand deals with Hanaoka Seishū's experiments on his mother and wife and on the other hand the disturbed relationship between the two women.

In 1970 she was awarded the Grand Prize for Japanese Literature for Izumo no Okuni ( 出 雲 の 阿 国 ) .

Works (selection)

  • 1959: Ki No Kawa ( 紀 ノ 川 ); ( The River Ki ). Kodansha, Tokyo.
    • 1987: A Bride Moves Downstream , Roman. Rowohlt Taschenbuch Verlag, Reinbek bei Hamburg 1987, ISBN 3-499-15833-7 .
  • 1961: Sambaba ( 三 婆 ; The three old men )
  • 1966: Hanaoka Seishū no tsuma ( 華 岡 青 洲 の 妻 )
    • Kae and her rival . Translated from the Japanese by Urs Loosli, Zurich, Munich, Theseus Verlag, 1990

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