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Minako Oba (大庭 みな子 Oba 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).

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

Selected works

  • Sanbiki no kani (Three Crabs), 1968.
  • Funakuimushi (ふなくい虫), Tōkyō : Kōdansha, 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, Tōkyō : Kōdansha, 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), Tōkyō : Kawade Shobō Shinsha, 1982.
  • Shima no kuni no shima (島の国の島), Tōkyō : Ushio Shuppansha, 1982.
  • Kakeru otoko no yokogao (駈ける男の横顔), Tōkyō : Chūō Kōronsha, 1984.
  • Mae mae katatsumuri (舞へ舞へ蝸牛), Tōkyō : Fukutake Shoten, 1984.
  • Naku tori no (啼く鳥の), Tōkyō : Kōdansha, 1985.
  • Onna otoko inochi (女・男・いのち), Tōkyō : Yomiuri Shinbunsha, 1985.
  • Onna (女), Tōkyō : Sakuhinsha, 1987.
  • Manʾyōshu (万葉集), Tōkyō : 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), Tōkyō : Chūō Kōronsha, 1992.
  • Nihyakunen (二百年), Tōkyō : Kōdansha, 1993.
  • Yuki (雪), Tōkyō : Fukutake Shoten, 1993.
  • Warabeuta mutan (わらべ唄夢譚), Tōkyō : Kawade Shobō Shinsha, 1995.

English translations

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

Bibliography

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

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