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Philip Gabriel is professor of Japanese literature in the Department of East Asian Studies at the University of Arizona. He is the author of Mad Wives and Island Dreams: Shimao Toshio and the Margins of Japanese Literature and Spirit Matters: The Transcendent In Modern Japanese Literature and has translated many novels and short stories by the writer Haruki Murakami, including Kafka on the Shore, 1Q84 (co-translation), and most recently Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage, which debuted at #1 on The New York Times bestseller list. Other recent translations also include Parade, by Shuichi Yoshida, and Genocide of One by Kazuaki Takano. Gabriel is a recipient of the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission Prize for the Translation of Japanese Literature (2001) for his translation of Senji Kuroi’s Life in the Cul-de-Sac, and the 2006 PEN/Book-of-the-Month Club Translation Prize for his translation of Kafka on the Shore.