Yūko Tsushima

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Satoko Tsushima (30 March 1947 – 18 February 2016), known by her pen name Yūko Tsushima (津島 佑子 Tsushima Yūko), was a Japanese fiction writer, essayist and critic.[1] She was the daughter of famed novelist Osamu Dazai, who committed suicide when she was one year old.[2]

Tsushima was born in Mitaka, Tokyo. While attending Shirayuri Women's University she published her first fiction. At age 24 she published her first collection of stories, Carnival (Shaniku-sai). A prolific writer, she was the winner of several literary prizes.[3]

In 1972 her story "Pregnant with a Fox" ("Kitsune wo haramu") was a runner-up for the Akutagawa Prize. She was awarded the Izumi Kyōka Prize for Literature in 1977 and the first annual Noma Prize for New Writers in 1979. In 1983 she was awarded the Kawabata Prize for her short story "The Silent Traders" ("Danmari ichi") and in 1986 she won the Yomiuri Prize for her novel Driven by the Light of the Night (Yoru no hikari ni owarete). In 1998 she was awarded the 34th Tanizaki Prize and the 51st Noma Prize for her novel Mountain of Fire: Account Of A Wild Monkey (Hi no yama – yamazaruki).

Works translated into English[edit]

  • Child of Fortune (寵児, Chōji, 1978) (translation by Geraldine Harcourt)
  • Woman Running in the Mountains (山を走る女, Yama wo hashiru onna, 1980) (translation by Geraldine Harcourt)
  • The Shooting Gallery & Other Stories (selected stories, 1973–1984) (translation by Geraldine Harcourt)
  • Laughing Wolf (笑い狼, "Warai OkamI") (Michigan Monograph Series in Japanese Studies, 73; translation by Dennis Washburn)


  1. ^ "Tsushima, Yūko". WorldCat Identities. Retrieved 30 May 2010. 
  2. ^ "Yuko Tsushima". J'Lit Books from Japan. Retrieved 20 October 2013. 
  3. ^ "訃報:作家の津島佑子さん死去68歳 太宰治の次女 - 毎日新聞". 毎日新聞. 

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