Minako Oba

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Minako Ōba (大庭 みな子, Ōba Minako, born November 11, 1930, death May 24, 2007) was a Japanese author and social critic.

She was awarded the 1968 Akutagawa Prize for Sanbiki no kani (Three Crabs), and the 1982 Tanizaki Prize for Katachi mo naku (寂兮寥兮).

Ōba suffered a stroke in 1996 and died on May 24, 2007.

Selected works[edit]

  • Sanbiki no kani (Three Crabs), 1968.
  • Funakuimushi (ふなくい虫), Tokyo : Kodansha, 1970.
  • Yūreitachi no fukkatsusai, 1970
  • Sabita kotoba, 1971.
  • Shishu sabita kotoba (A Poetry Collection of Tarnished Words), 1971.
  • Tsuga no yume, 1971.
  • Uo no namida, 1971.
  • Kokyū o hiku tori, 1972.
  • Yasō no yume, 1973.
  • Aoi kitsune, Tokyo : Kodansha, 1975.
  • Garakuta hakubutsukan, 1975.
  • Urashimasō, 1977.
  • Aoi chiisana hanashi, 1978.
  • Samete miru yume, 1978.
  • Hāna to mushi no kioku, 1979.
  • Onna no danseiron, 1979.
  • Taidan sei to shite no onna, 1979.
  • Tankō, 1979.
  • Katachi mo naku (寂兮寥兮), Tokyo : Kawade Shobō Shinsha, 1982.
  • Shima no kuni no shima (島の国の島), Tokyo : Ushio Shuppansha, 1982.
  • Kakeru otoko no yokogao (駈ける男の横顔), Tokyo : Chūō Kōronsha, 1984.
  • Mae mae katatsumuri (舞へ舞へ蝸牛), Tokyo : Fukutake Shoten, 1984.
  • Naku tori no (啼く鳥の), Tokyo : Kodansha, 1985.
  • Onna otoko inochi (女・男・いのち), Tokyo : Yomiuri Shinbunsha, 1985.
  • Onna (女), Tokyo : Sakuhinsha, 1987.
  • Manʾyōshu (万葉集), Tokyo : Kōdansha, 1989.
  • Kaoru ki no uta : haha to musume no ōfuku shokan (郁る樹の詩: 母と娘の往復書簡), Tokyo : Chūō Kōronsha, 1992.
  • Nihyakunen (二百年), Tokyo : Kodansha, 1993.
  • Yuki (雪), Tokyo : Fukutake Shoten, 1993.
  • Warabeuta mutan (わらべ唄夢譚), Tokyo : Kawade Shobō Shinsha, 1995.

English translations[edit]

  • Tarnished Words: The Poetry of Oba Minako, translated by Janice Brown, EastBridge, Signature Books Series, 2005, ISBN 1-891936-38-7.

Of Birds Crying, translated by Michiko N. Wilson and Michael K. Wilson. Cornell East Asia Series, 2011. ISBN 978-1-933947-30-3

Bibliography[edit]

  • Gender Is Fair Game: (Re)Thinking the (Fe)Male in the Works of Oba Minako, by Michiko Niikuni Wilson, M. E. Sharpe, 1998, ISBN 0-7656-0313-6.

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