January 1, 1951|
Onomichi, Hiroshima, Japan
|Notable award(s)||Mishima Yukio Prize for Yuga de kansho-teki na Nippon-yakyuu|
Life and career
Takahashi was born in Onomichi, Hiroshima prefecture and attended the Economics Department of Yokohama National University without graduating. As a radical student, he was arrested and spent half a year in prison, which caused Takahashi to develop a form of aphasia. As part of his rehabilitation, his doctors encouraged him to start writing. Since April 2005, he has been a professor at the International Department of Meiji Gakuin University. Takahashi's current wife, Tanikawa Naoko and former wife Murai Yuzuki were also both writers.
Takahashi's first novel, Sayonara, Gyangutachi (Sayonara, Gangsters), was published in 1982, and won the Gunzo Literary Award for First Novels. It has been acclaimed by Critics as one of the most important works of postwar Japanese literature. It has been translated into English by Vertical, Inc., Italian and Brazilian Portuguese.
In addition, his Yuga de kansho-teki na Nippon-yakyuu ("Japanese Baseball: Elegant and Sentimental") won the Mishima Yukio Prize in 1988, and his Nihon bungaku seisui shi (The Rise and Fall of Japanese Literature) received the Itoh Sei Literature Award.
In 2012, Sayonara Christopher Robin ("Goodbye, Christopher Robin") won the Tanizaki Prize.
He is also a noted essayist, covering a diverse field of topics ranging from literary criticism to horse-racing.
- Sayonara, gyangutachi (さようなら、ギャングたち Sayonara Gangsters), 1982, Kodansha. English translation Sayonara, Gangsters (tr. Michael Emmerich), 2008, Vertical.
- Niji no achira ni: oovaa za reinbou (虹の彼方に - オーヴァー・ザ・レインボウ Over The Rainbow), 1984, Chuoo Koron Shinsha.
- Jon Renon tai kaseijin (ジョン・レノン対火星人 John Lennon vs the Martians), 1985, Kadokawa Shoten.
- Yuga de kansho-teki na Nippon-yakyuu (優雅で感傷的な日本野球 Japanese Baseball: Elegant and Sentimental), 1988, Kawade Shobo Shinsha
- Pengin mura ni hi wa ochite (ペンギン村に陽は落ちて The Sun Sets in Penguin Village), 1989, Shueisha.
- Wakusei P-13 no himitsu (惑星P-13の秘密 The Secret of Planet P-13), 1990, Kadokawa Shoten.
- Goosutobasutaazu (ゴーストバスターズ Ghostbusters), 1997, Kodansha.
- A.da.ru.to (あ・だ・る・と A.D.U.L.T), 1999, Shufu to Seikatsu-sha.
- Nihon bungaku seisui shi (日本文学盛衰史 The Rise and Fall of Japanese Literature), 2001, Kodansha.
- Gojira (ゴヂラ Godzilla), 2001, Shinchosha.
- Kannou shousetsuka (官能小説家 Novelist of the Senses), 2002, Asahi Shinbun-sha.
- Kimi ga yo wa chiyo ni hachiyo ni (君が代は千代に八千代に May Your Reign Last Forever and Ever), 2002, Bungei Shunju.
- Seikou to ren'ai ni matsuwaru ikutsu no monogatari (性交と恋愛にまつわるいくつかの物語 Some Stories on Sex and Love), 2005, Asahi Shinbun-sha.
- Miyazawa Kenji gureetesuto hitsu (ミヤザワケンジ・グレーテストヒッツ Miyazawa Kenji's Greatest Hits), 2005, Shueisha.
- Itsuka souru torein ni noru hi made (いつかソウル・トレインに乗る日まで Until The Day We Ride the Soul Train), 2008, Shueisha.
- Aku to tatakau (「悪」と戦う Battling 'Evil'), 2010, Kawade Shobo Shinsha.
- Koisuru genpatsu (恋する原発 A Nuclear Reactor in Love), 2011, Kodansha.
- Sayonara kurisutofaa robin (さよならクリストファー・ロビン Goodbye, Christopher Robin), 2012, Shinchosha.
Selected Essay and Literary Criticism Collections
- Bungaku ja nai kamoshirenai shoukougun (文学じゃないかもしれない症候群 The Maybe-It's-Not-Literature Syndrome), 1992, Asahi Shinbun-sha.
- Ichioku sansenman nin no tame no shousetsu kyouiku (一億三千万人のための小説教室 Novel Writing Class for 130 Million People), 2002, Iwanami Shinsho.
- Nippon no shousetsu: hyakunen no kodoku (ニッポンの小説 - 百年の孤独 The Japanese Novel: One Hundred Years of Solitude), 2007, Bungei Shunju.
- Ju-san hiai de 'meibun' wo kakeru you ni naru houhou (13日間で「名文」を書けるようになる方法 How to Write a 'Famous Novel' in 13 Days), 2009, Asahi Shinbun-sha.
- McCaffery, Larry. Why Not Have Fun?--an Interview with Gen'ichiro Takahashi. The Review of Contemporary Fiction, Volume 22, Issue 2, June 22, 2002 
- Random House Bio article
- Gen'ichiro Takahashi at J'Lit Books from Japan (English)