A Lost Paradise

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A Lost Paradise
A Lost Paradise (by Junichi Watanabe).JPG
First edition (1997)
AuthorJunichi Watanabe
Original title失楽園 (Shitsurakuen)
TranslatorJuliet Winters Carpenter
Publication date
Published in English
Media typePrint (Paperback)
Pages372 pp

A Lost Paradise (失楽園, Shitsurakuen) is 1997 novel by Japanese author Junichi Watanabe. It tells the story of a 54-year-old married former magazine editor, his affair with a 37-year-old married typesetter and their double-suicide. The couple, Kūki and Rinko, are modeled after the famous case of Sada Abe.[1][2][3]

The book became a bestseller throughout Asia, selling 3 million copies in Japan. Shitsurakuen became a slang word for having an affair.[2][4] It was first serialized in the business newspaper Nihon Keizai Shimbun in 1995.[3][5][6] The book was made into a film and a TV drama the same year.[2] The film Lost Paradise was nominated for 13 Japan Academy Prizes winning one with Hitomi Kuroki for lead actress.[7]


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  3. ^ a b Marran, Christine L. (2007). Poison woman: figuring female transgression in modern Japanese culture. U of Minnesota Press. pp. 161–163. ISBN 0-8166-4727-5. Retrieved 2009-05-26.
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  5. ^ Osedo, Hiroshi (2 February 2005). "Lust and seduction top stock news". The Courier-Mail. Retrieved 2009-05-26. ..Shitsurakuen (A Lost Paradise) appeared in...
  6. ^ Yao, Minji (28 June 2008). "The master of secret sin". Shanghai Daily. Archived from the original on 20 June 2009. Retrieved 2009-05-26.
  7. ^ 第21回 日本アカデミー賞. Japan Academy Prize website (in Japanese). Japan Academy Prize Association. Archived from the original on 28 April 2009. Retrieved 2009-05-26.

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