Sata Ineko

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Sata Ineko


Born June 1, 1904, in Nagasaki Prefecture. Japanese writer.

Sata began working at the age of 11 and over the years she worked in many occupations. Her writings were first published in 1922, but it was her novella From the Candy Factory (1928) that won her literary attention. Sata took part in the Proletarian Literature movement.

Most of Sata’s works are based on personal experiences. Their chief theme is the plight of Japanese women at home, at work, and in society. Sata’s best books include Scarlet (1936), Year Wheel (1958), Until the Flame Dies (Russian translation, 1960), Mountain Stream (1963), and Sculpture of Clay (1966). Sata has been awarded the Noma Hiroshi Literary Prize for her novel Shades of Trees (1972).


Sata Ineko dzenshu, vols. 1–15. Tokyo, 1958–60.
In Russian translation:
”Stariki i molodezh’.” In Novelly iaponskikh pisatelei. Moscow, 1968.


Istoriia sovremennoi iaponskoi literatury. Moscow, 1961.
Grigor’eva, T., and V. Logunova. Iaponskaia literatura. Moscow, 1964.
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