Ryū Murakami  

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Ryū Murakami (19 February 1952 in Sasebo, Nagasaki) is a Japanese novelist and filmmaker best known for Audition and Tokyo Decadence.


Murakami's first work, the short novel Almost Transparent Blue, written while he was still a student, deals with promiscuity and drug use among disaffected Japanese youth. Critically acclaimed as a new style of literature, it won the newcomer's literature prize in 1976, although some observers decried it as decadent. Later the same year, Blue won the Akutagawa Prize, going on to become a best seller. In 1980, Murakami published the much longer novel Coin Locker Babies, again to critical acclaim.

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