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Anna Ogino (荻野 アンナ, Ogino Anna, born November 7, 1956) is a Japanese author and professor of literature at Keio University. She has won the Akutagawa Prize, the Yomiuri Prize, and the Itō Sei Literature Prize.
Ogino was born as Anna Gaillard in Naka-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, to a Japanese mother and a French-American father. She was naturalized during elementary school, and received her undergraduate and master's degree in French literature from Keio University, as well as receiving a scholarship to Paris-Sorbonne University to study Rabelais. In 2002 she became a full professor at Keio.
Ogino began writing in 1983 as text author for comic strips about mermaids. She won the 1991 Akutagawa Prize for Seoi-mizu (背負い水, Water Burden). Her 1991 book Watakushi no aidokusho (私の愛毒書, My love-hate affair with books), a critical novel that compares eminent male Japanese authors to different types of foods, has received scholarly attention for its subversive use of parodic language. In 2002 she received the 53rd Yomiuri Prize for Horafuki Anri no bōken (ホラ吹きアンリの冒険, The Adventures of Henri the Braggart), and in 2008 she received the 19th Itō Sei Literature Prize for Kani to kare to watashi (蟹と彼と私 , The Crab, Him and Me).