Tomoyuki Hoshino was born in 1965 in Los Angeles, but moved to Japan when he was two. After graduating from college, he worked as a journalist at one of Japan’s major newspapers, then went to Mexico for further study and fell in love with soccer and Latin America. He made his debut as a writer in 1998 with the novella Saigo no toiki (Last Gasp), which won the Bungei Prize. In 2000, he established his reputation as a serious literary writer with the novel Mezameyo to ningyo wa utau, which won the Mishima Yukio Prize. Fantajisuta was awarded the Noma Prize for New Writers in 2003. Hoshino employs a highly original style that subverts and plays with unconventional scenarios. His other works include the novels Ronri hatsu kira (Lonely Hearts Killer) and Niji to Kuroe no monogatari.
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