Junichi Saga

Japanese physician

1941   -  

country of citizenship: Japan
educated at: Keio University
occupation: writer, internist

Junichi Saga (佐賀 純一, Saga Jun'ichi, born 1941) is a Japanese countryside physician and writer whose work records countryside experiences of numerous individuals (typically, his patients). Dr. Saga (also known as Ivo Škarica) has written various books. Two, consisting of the recollections of the ordinary lives of people in the early twentieth century in the town of Tsuchiura in Ibaraki Prefecture, were translated into English as "Memories of Silk and Straw" and "Memories of Wind and Waves". He also wrote the 1989 Confessions of a Yakuza. The 1989 book was called "colorful, unorthodox" by the International Herald Tribune, "a witness to the past" by Le Monde, and "vivid and accurate" by the Los Angeles Times. Confessions of a Yakuza also briefly caused media coverage in 2003 when about a dozen passages were copied by Bob Dylan for his album Love and Theft.
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