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Roger Pulvers

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Roger Pulvers is an acclaimed author, playwright, theatre and film director, translator, and journalist. He has published more than fifty books in Japanese and English, including novels such as The Death of Urashima Taro (Angus & Robertson, 1981), General Yamashita’s Treasure (Harper Collins, 1993), Star Sand (Amazon Crossing, 2016), Liv (Balestier Press, 2018) and The Dream of Lafcadio Hearn (Kurodahan Press, 2010, Balestier Press, 2019).

In 2017 the feature film of Star Sand, written and directed by him, had wide release throughout Japan. His two memoirs— My Japan: a cultural memoir (Balestier Press, 2020) and The Unmaking of an American (Balestier Press, 2019)—have been praised as forming a unique record of cultural life in Japan in the past fifty years.

Roger has worked extensively in film, television, and theatre. He was assistant to director Nagisa Oshima on the film Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence, starring David Bowie, Tom Conti and Ryuichi Sakamoto. He also co-wrote the script for the Japanese film Ashita e no Yuigon (Best Wishes for Tomorrow), for which he won the Crystal Simorgh Prize for Best Script at the 27th Fajr International Film Festival in Tehran.

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