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Iranian woman wins Japan literary award for newcomers

Shirin NezammafiPress TV - Iranian author Shirin Nezammafi's novel titled 'Shiroi Kami' (white paper) wins the 108th Bungakukai Shinjinsho (new authors) award for her first novella in Japanese.

According to the organizers the prize money for the Japanese literary award is 500,000 yen (about USD 5,000).

''White paper" depicts a romance between two students at the time of the Iran-Iraq war during the 1980s.

Nezammafi was born in Tehran but studied at Kobe University's graduate school of engineering. She has been living in Japan for about nine years. The writer works at a major electronics maker as a system engineer and currently resides in Osaka Prefecture.

Prior to this achievement, 29-year-old Nezammafi won a notable literary award for foreign students in 2006.

Nezammafi is the second non-native Japanese speaker who has won the prize following Chinese novelist Yang Yi, who was awarded the prestigious Akutagawa Prize in 2007.

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