Yōko Ogawa: Biography

Yōko Ogawa

30 mar 1962

Yoko Ogawa is a writer who was born in Okayama, Japan in 1962. She attended Waseda University in Tokyo before becoming a full time writer of novels, essays, short stories and works of non-fiction.

Since her first book was published in 1988, Ogawa has written over forty different literary works, both fiction and non-fiction. All of her books are written in Japanese, but her most successful titles have now been translated into English and many other languages.

She has written several novels which have been translated into English, including The Housekeeper and the Professor which was made into a film in 2006 by the Japanese Director Takashi Koizumi.

She is unusual in the fact that she has also published award-winning works of non-fiction. In 2006, Ogawa teamed up with mathematician Masahiko Fujiwara to write An Introduction to the World’s Most Elegant Mathematics, a book dedicated to the beauty and fascination of numbers.

Over the course of her literary career, Ogawa has been awarded many different prizes, including; The Kaien Prize in 1988 for The Breaking of the Butterfly, The Yomiuri Prize for The Housekeeper and the Professor in 2004, The Shirley Jackson Award in 2008 for The Diving Pool and was shortlisted for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize for Revenge: Eleven Dark Tales in 2014.

Yoko Ogawa currently lives in Ashiya, Japan with her husband and their son. She continues to write both fictional and non-fictional literary works although much of her later work has yet to be translated.