BornSeptember 24, 1934 (age 81)
Osaka, Japan (1934-09-24) Notable awards1987 Tanizaki Prize for Yumenokizaka bunkiten
1992 Nihon SF Taisho Award BooksThe Girl Who Leapt Through Time, Paprika ParentsYoshitaka Tsutsui, Yae Tsutsui MoviesPaprika, The Girl Who Leapt Through, Nihon Igai Zenbu Chinbotsu, Time Traveller: The Girl, Toki o Kakeru Shojo Similar PeopleSatoshi Kon, Shinichi Hoshi, Yosuke Yamashita, Sakyo Komatsu, Mamoru Hosoda Profiles Facebook
Yasutaka Tsutsui(筒井 康隆,Tsutsui Yasutaka, born September 24, 1934 in Osaka) is a Japanese novelist, science fiction author, and actor. His Yumenokizaka bunkiten won the Tanizaki Prize in 1987. He has also won the 1981 Izumi Kyoka award, the 1989 Kawabata Yasunari award, and the 1992 Nihon SF Taisho Award.
His work is known for its dark humour and satirical content. He has often satirized Japanese taboos such as disabilities and the Tenno system, and has been victim to much criticism as a result. His works are seen as the basis for Japan's postmodern science fiction. Features of his work include psychoanalysis and surrealism, which were themes of his 1957 master's thesis. He has dealt with themes such as time travel in The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (1965), a massively multiplayer online game's virtual world in Gaspard in the Morning (1992), and dream worlds in Paprika (1993).
One of Tsutsui's first novels, Toki o Kakeru Shōjo (1967), has been adapted into numerous media including film, television and manga. Another novel, Paprika (1993), was adapted into an animated film by the director Satoshi Kon in 2006. Many other works, including the four-part novel Fugō Keiji (Millionaire Detective), have been dramatized on Japanese television.
The novel What the Maid Saw, translated by Adam Kabat, was published by Kodansha America Inc. (USA) in 1990, and again by Alma Books (UK) as The Maid in 2010.
Salmonella Men on Planet Porno, a collection of short stories translated by Andrew Driver, was published by Alma Books (UK) in October 2006 and again by Pantheon Books (USA) in 2008.
The novel Hell, translated by Evan Emswiler, was published by Alma Books in October 2007.
The novel Paprika, translated by Andrew Driver, was published by Alma Books in April 2009 and again by Vintage Contemporaries (USA) in 2013.
The novella The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, translated by David Karashima, was published by Alma Books in April 2011.
The Bullseye! collection of short stories, translated by Andrew Driver, was published in July 2017 by Kurodahan Press.
Besides numerous film and TV acting credits, Yasutaka Tsutsui has published dozens of novels and short story collections in Japan.
家族八景 Kazoku Hakkei (Eight Family Scenes/What The Maid Saw) (1972)
七瀬ふたたび Nanase Futatabi (Nanase Once More) (1975)
エディプスの恋人 Edipusu no Koibito (Oedipus’ Lover) (1977)
48億の妄想 48 Oku no Mōsō (4.8 Billion Delusions) (1965)
馬の首風雲録 Umanokubi Fuunroku (Chronicle of the Horse’s Head Crisis) (1967)
時をかける少女 Toki o Kakeru Shōjo (The Girl Who Leapt Through Time) (1967)
霊長類、南へ Reichōrui, Minami-e (1969)
緑魔の町 Ryokuma no Machi (Green Devil Town) (1970)
脱走と追跡のサンバ Dassō to Tsuiseki no Samba (Samba of Running and Chasing) (1971)
俗物図鑑 Zokubutsu Zukan (Picture Book of Vulgarity) (1972)
男たちのかいた絵 Otoko Tachi no Kaita E (Tale of Two Men) (1974)
俺の血は他人の血 Ore no Chi wa Tanin no Chi (My Blood is the Blood of Another) (1974)
富豪刑事 Fugō Keiji (Millionaire Detective) (1978)
大いなる助走 Oi Naru Josō (The Great Approachway) (1979)
美藝公 Bigeikō (1981)
虚人たち Kyojin Tachi (Virtual Men) (1981)
虚航船団 Kyokō Sendan (Fleet of Fantasy) (1984)
イリヤ・ムウロメツ Ilya Muromets (1985)
旅のラゴス Tabi no Ragosu (Lagos on a Journey) (1986)
歌と饒舌の戦記 Uta to Jōzetsu no Senki (War Chronicles of Song and Loquacity) (1987)
夢の木坂分岐点 Yumenokizaka Bunkiten (Dreamtree Hill Junction) (1987)
驚愕の広野 Kyōgaku no Kōya (Prairie of Astonishment) (1988)
新日本探偵社報告書控 Shin-Nihon Tanteisha Hōkokusho Hikae (Copies of the Shin-Nihon Detective Company Reports) (1988)
フェミニズム殺人事件 Feminizumu Satsujin Jiken (The Feminism Murders) (1989)
残像に口紅を Zanzō ni Kuchibeni o (Lipstick on an After-Image) (1989)
文学部唯野教授 Bungakubu Tadano Kyōju (Prof. Tadano of the Literature Department) (1990)
ロートレック荘事件 Rōtorekku-Sō Jiken (The Lautrec Villa Murders) (1990)
朝のガスパール Asa no Gasupāru (Gaspard in the Morning) (1992)
パプリカ Paprika (1993)
邪眼鳥 Jaganchō (1997)
敵 Teki (Enemy) (1998)
わたしのグランパ Watashi no Guranpa (My Grandpa) (1999)
恐怖 Kyōfu (Fear) (2001)
愛のひだりがわ Ai no Hidarigawa (The Left Side of Love) (2002)
ヘル Hell (2003)
銀齢の果て Ginrei no Hate (End of the Silver Age) (2006)
巨船べラスレトラス Kyosen Berasu Retorasu (The Big Ship Bellas Letras) (2007)