Abe Akira: Short Stories


Abe Akira (阿部 昭, September 22, 1934 – May 19, 1989) was a contemporary Japanese author.

He was born in Hiroshima, where his father, a naval officer, was stationed, but spent the majority of his childhood in the seaside town of Kugenuma.

Abe Akira graduated from the University of Tokyo with a degree in French literature and worked for a broadcasting company until 1971, when he became a full-time writer.

His literary career began in 1962 with the publication of The Children's Room, (Kodomobeya), an emotional account of growing up with a mentally challenged older brother. Almost all of his stories are autobiographical and based on events from his own life and the lives of his family. His short story, Peaches, published in 1972, has appeared in several anthologies of short stories. Peaches is a tale in which the author questions his memory, which is the most fundamental source of his art.

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