Sayaka Murata was born in 1979 in Inzai (Chiba prefecture). She went to the Tamagawa University Department of Arts and was then taught by the writer Akio Miyahara at Yokohama Literature School. She has written stories and novels but continues to work in a convenience store, as it gives her ideas for her stories. She won the prestigious Akutagawa for her novel ンビニ人間 (Convenience Store Woman).
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A Clean Marriage (story by Murata)