Nahoko Uehashi Recognized At the 2014 Hans Christian Andersen Awards

03/25/2014

 

The Hans Christian Andersen Award Jury of the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) has named:
 
Nahoko Uehashi from Japan winner of the 2014 Hans Christian Andersen Author Award
Nahoko Uehashi writes unique fantasy novels from the viewpoint of cultural anthropology.  She believes one thing, that people from every corner of the world have in common is a love for telling stories.  Her stories about honour and duty, fate and sacrifice, are refreshing as well as being authentically Japanese.  Her fantasy worlds are loosely based on medieval Japan, while at the same time are very much worlds of her own making.  Not content to simply create a landscape of geography and mythology, Uehashi includes allusions to the class system as well as the interaction between spiritual and moral dimensions. 
 
Uehashi conceives worlds in which relationships exist among different planes: worlds seen as a network within the universe rather than merely as a space.  She has an extraordinary ability to create different fantasy worlds and her work has tenderness and a great respect for nature and all sapient creatures. 
 
Uehashi was selected from 28 authors nominated for the Award.  The five finalists were Ted van Lieshout (Netherlands), Houshang Moradi Kermani (Iran), Mirjam Pressler (Germany), Renate Welsh (Austria), and Jacqueline Woodson (USA).

The Hans Christian Andersen Award Jury of the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) has named: Nahoko Uehashi from Japan winner of the 2014 Hans Christian Andersen Author Award

Nahoko Uehashi writes unique fantasy novels from the viewpoint of cultural anthropology.  She believes one thing, that people from every corner of the world have in common is a love for telling stories.  Her stories about honour and duty, fate and sacrifice, are refreshing as well as being authentically Japanese.  Her fantasy worlds are loosely based on medieval Japan, while at the same time are very much worlds of her own making.  Not content to simply create a landscape of geography and mythology, Uehashi includes allusions to the class system as well as the interaction between spiritual and moral dimensions.  

Uehashi conceives worlds in which relationships exist among different planes: worlds seen as a network within the universe rather than merely as a space.  She has an extraordinary ability to create different fantasy worlds and her work has tenderness and a great respect for nature and all sapient creatures.  

Uehashi was selected from 28 authors nominated for the Award.  The five finalists were Ted van Lieshout (Netherlands), Houshang Moradi Kermani (Iran), Mirjam Pressler (Germany), Renate Welsh (Austria), and Jacqueline Woodson (USA).

â—†The Beast Player series

 

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