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Sawako Ariyoshi

Japanese writer and novelist

1931   -   1984

country of citizenship: Japan
language of expression: Japanese
educated at: Tokyo Woman's Christian University, Sarah Lawrence College
occupation: novelist, writer, playwright, impresario
award received: Women's Literature Prize, Japanese Literature Grand Prix, Novel Shincho Award

Sawako Ariyoshi (有吉 佐和子 Ariyoshi Sawako, 20 January 1931 – 30 August 1984) was a Japanese writer, known for such works as The Doctor's Wife and The River Ki. She was known for her advocacy of social issues, such as the elderly in Japanese society, and environmental issues. Several of her novels describe the relationships between mothers and their daughters. She also had a fascination with traditional Japanese arts, such as kabuki and bunraku. She also described racial discrimination in the United States, something she experienced firsthand during her time at Sarah Lawrence, and the depopulation of remote Japanese islands during the 1970s economic boom.
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The Doctor's Wife

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The River Ki

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The Twilight Years

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Les dames de Kimoto

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