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Japan’s best-known Buddhist nun is reaching out to a new audience by writing a mobile phone novel at the age of 86.
Jakucho Setouchi, a prolific writer and translator of 11th century epic romance “The Tale of Genji,” is latching on to a publishing revolution — short works of fiction distributed piecemeal by cellphone often become best-sellers in book form.
“At this age, there are few things that interest me. But it was the first time I had written a cellphone novel, and it was exciting,” Setouchi was quoted by a local newspaper as saying.
The novelist-turned nun herself led a colorful life until she took her vows in 1973. She left her husband and child after starting an affair with a younger man, and later had a lengthy affair with a married man.
But she gradually built up a literary reputation, winning the stamp of respectability in the form of an award from Emperor Akihito in 2006 following her translation of “Genji” into modern Japanese, which succeeded in bringing the classic to a wider audience.
The experiment was exciting – but, apparently, not worth making a regular means of communicating her fiction to the public.
It would drive me crazy…