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About Mieko Kawakami
Mieko Kawakami is the author of the internationally best-selling novel, Breasts and Eggs, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and one of TIME’s Best 10 Books of 2020. Born in Osaka, Kawakami made her literary debut as a poet in 2006, and published her first novella, My Ego, My Teeth, and the World, in 2007. Her writing is known for its poetic qualities and its insights into the female body, ethical questions, and the dilemmas of modern society. Her works have been translated into many languages and are available all over the world. She has received numerous prestigious literary awards in Japan for her work, including the Akutagawa Prize, the Tanizaki Prize, and the Murasaki Shikibu Prize. She lives in Tokyo, Japan.
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A BEST BOOK OF 2020
TIME Magazine・The New York Times・Book Riot
The story of three women by a writer hailed by Haruki Murakami as Japan’s most important contemporary novelist, WINNER OF THE AKUTAGAWA PRIZE.
On a sweltering summer day, Makiko travels from Osaka to Tokyo, where her sister Natsu lives. She is in the company of her daughter, Midoriko, who has lately grown silent, finding herself unable to voice the vague yet overwhelming pressures associated with adolescence. The story of these three women reunited in a working-class neighborhood of Tokyo is told through the gaze of Natsu—thirty years old, an aspiring writer, haunted by hardships endured in her youth. Over the course of their few days together in the capital, Midoriko’s silence will prove a catalyst for each woman to confront her fears and family secrets.
On yet another blistering summer’s day eight years later, Natsu, during a journey back to her native city, struggles with her own indeterminate identity as she confronts anxieties about growing old alone and childless.
One of Japan’s most important and best-selling writers, Mieko Kawakami mixes stylistic inventiveness, wry humor, and riveting emotional depth to tell a story of contemporary womanhood in Japan. Breasts and Eggs recounts the intimate journeys of three women on the path to finding peace and futures they can call their own.
“Original and deeply moving…This book is a gift.”—Laura van den Berg
From the bestselling author of Breasts and Eggs and international literary sensation Mieko Kawakami, a sharp and illuminating novel about the impact of violence and the power of solidarity.
A bold foray into new literary territory, Kawakami’s novel is told in the voice of a 14-year-old student subjected to relentless torment for having a lazy eye. Instead of resisting, the boy chooses to suffer in complete resignation. The only person who understands what he is going through is a female classmate who suffers similar treatment at the hands of her tormentors.
These raw and realistic portrayals of bullying are counterbalanced by textured exposition of the philosophical and religious debates concerning violence to which the weak are subjected.
Heaven stands as a dazzling testament to Kawakami’s literary talent. There can be little doubt that it has cemented her reputation as one of today’s most important young authors working to expand the boundaries of contemporary Japanese literature.
A New York Times, Washington Post, TIME, Oprah Daily, CNN, Bustle, and Ms. Magazine most anticipated book of the year.
A June 2021 Indie Next Pick
MONKEY New Writing from Japan publishes the best in contemporary Japanese fiction in English translation, as well as other works both old and new by writers, artists, and translators from Japan, England, Canada, and the U.S.
In This Issue:
Hiromi Itō makes a hot springs pilgrimage • Mieko Kawakami on seeing • Kyōhei Sakaguchi travels out of time and beyond self • Hiromi Kawakami on a woman who emerged from the sea • Tomoka Shibasaki on wartime displacement • Haruki Murakami on encounters with dogs in southern Europe • Adventures in hell by Kikuko Tsumura • Satoshi Kitamura’s graphic story, inspired by Gogol • Hideo Furukawa on an alien future • Aoko Matsuda on the most boring shade of red • Creative elder care with Taki Monma • Hiroko Oyamada on finding a mysterious fruit • A modern translation of a Noh play by Seikō Itō • Travel essays by Jun’ichi Konuma, Mikako Brady, Hirokazu Koreeda, Miwa Nishikawa, Yui Tanizaki, and Utamaru • New translations of work by Yasunari Kawabata, Tatsuhiko Shibusawa, and Yūko Tsushima, and a selection of modern poetry on travel • New work by Brian Evenson, Laird Hunt, Eric McCormack, and Barry Yourgrau
Jeffrey Angles, Polly Barton, Sam Bett, David Boyd, Rose Bundy, Andrew Campana, Michael Emmerich, Morgan Giles, Ted Goossen, Sam Malissa, Jay Rubin, Jordan A.Y. Smith, Hitomi Yoshio
Un roman d’amour à la japonaise : la lumière comme métaphore de la solitude. Le métier de correctrice comme métaphore du langage, de l’expression de soi et d’une attitude devant la vie qui s’interdit de lire ce qu’on corrige… Après le succès de son roman Seins et œufs, Mieko Kawakami s’attache ici encore à la condition féminine dans une société japonaise où le travail où le travail semble être la seule voie pour exprimer sa personnalité.