Eiji Yoshikawa

Eiji  Yoshikawa

Eiji Yoshikawa (1892 - 1962) was one of Japan's most well-known writers of popular literature. He began his writing career with historical fiction about historical figures and events. Therefore he wrote the Serienroman Miyamoto Musashi in a weekly newspaper from 1935 to 1939. No other series novel has received as much attention as Miyamoto Musashi. Ihre schriftstellerische Darstellung eines famous Schwertkämpfers erregte a resounding response among Japanese people living under the dreadful conditions of WWII (the Pacific War).

Miyamoto Musashi was a huge success as a novel of popular literature. Eiji Yoshikawa was deeply disappointed by the Second World War's defeat and the unimaginable destruction of Japan, and he was unable to write for several years. He started writing the large Roman Shin Heike Monogatari (Taira's Story - New Interpretation) in 1950 and finished it after 7 years. In this novel, which was also published as a newspaper series, Eiji Yoshikawa interpreted Read More chevron_right