Minae Mizumura


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Minae Mizumura (水村 美苗 Mizumura Minae, born 1951) is a novelist currently writing in the Japanese language.

Educated in the US, she wrote her first published work in the English language, a scholarly essay on the literary criticism of Paul de Man. She is often portrayed as a Japanese novelist who questions the conventional boundaries of national literature. Her novels include Light and Darkness Continued, An I Novel from left to right, and A Real Novel, which has been selected for the Japanese Literature Publishing Project, a national program to promote translations of Japanese literature. She also writes essays and literary criticism in major newspapers and journals. Many of Minae Mizumura's works have been described as highly read
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A True Novel

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4.15 avg rating — 732 ratings — published 2002 — 7 editions
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Inheritance from Mother

3.72 avg rating — 366 ratings — published 2017 — 7 editions
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The Fall of Language in the...

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私小説 from left to right [Shi...

4.05 avg rating — 19 ratings — published 1998 — 2 editions
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本格小説 上 [Honkaku shōsetsu jō]

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本格小説 下 [Honkaku shōsetsu ge]

4.50 avg rating — 6 ratings — published 2002 — 3 editions
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母の遺産 - 新聞小説

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“In years past, a person died, and eventually all those with memories of him or her also died, bringing about the complete erasure of that person's existence. Just as the human body returned to dust, mingling with atoms of the natural world, a person's existence would return to nothingness.

How very clean.

Now, as if in belated punishment for the invention of writing, any message once posted on the Internet was immortal. Words as numerous as the dust of the earth would linger forever in their millions and trillions and quadrillions and beyond.”
Minae Mizumura, Inheritance from Mother

“I myself am a supporter of multilingualism, but multilingualism without a true understanding of universal language will only make us blind and ultimately ineffectual in realizing that very ideal.”
Minae Mizumura, The Fall of Language in the Age of English

“[T]hat all seekers of knowledge should use the identical language to think and to read and write is not a development to which humanity can remain indifferent. Reality is constructed by languages, and the existence of a variety of languages means the existence of a variety of realities, a variety of truths. Understanding the multifaceted nature of truth does not necessarily make people happy, but it makes them humble, and mature, and wise. It makes them worthy of the name Homo sapiens.
Minae Mizumura, The Fall of Language in the Age of English

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