Nobuo Kojima (小島 信夫 Kojima Nobuo?, February 28, 1915 - October 26, 2006) was a Japanese writer prominent in the postwar era. He is most readily associated with other writers of his generation, such as Shōtarō Yasuoka, who describe the effects of Japan's defeat in World War II on the country's psyche.
From an early age, Kojima read a wide variety of literature, both Japanese and Western, and such writers as Nikolai Gogol, Franz Kafka, and Fyodor Dostoevsky had a strong influence on his work. In addition to his fiction, he had a long career as a professor of English literature at Meiji University in Tokyo, publishing criticism and making translations of many major American writers, including Dorothy Parker, Irwin Shaw, and Bernard Malamud.
|Year||Japanese Title||English Title|
Kisha no Naka
|In a Train|
|The American School|
- 1954 Akutagawa Prize - American School (Amerikan sukūru 「アメリカン・スクール」)
- 1970 Tanizaki Prize - Embracing Family (Hōyō kazoku, 「抱擁家族」)
"The Rifle," translated by Lawrence Rogers in The Oxford Book of Japanese Short Stories, Theodore W. Gossen, (ed.), Oxford, 1997. ISBN 0-19-283304-9
- Lawall, Sarah, and Maynard Mack, eds. The Norton Anthology of World Literature. 2nd ed. Vol. F. New York: Norton, 2002.
- Nobuo Kojima at J'Lit Books from Japan (English)
- Synopsis of Embracing Family at JLPP (Japanese Literature Publishing Project) (English)
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