By Kawakami, MiekoTranslated by Bett, SamTranslated by Boyd, David
The English Language debut full length novel from Mieko Kawakami, winner of the 2007 Akutagawa Prize. Breasts and Eggs explores the inner conflicts of an adolescent girl, who refuses to communicate with her mother except through writing. Kawakami writes about what is to be a woma...n in contemporary Japan today and explores themes of reproduction, bodily autonomy and the possibility of liberation. The original Japanese novella sold 250,000 copies in Japan. 'So amazing it took my breath away.' Haruki MurakamiRead more
Mieko Kawakami started her career as a singer songwriter. Her first novella My Ego, My Teeth, and the World, published in 2007, was nominated for the Akutagawa Prize, the most prestigious literary prize in Japan, and was awarded the Tsubouchi Shoyo Prize for Young Emerging Writers. Her second novella Breasts and Eggs won the Akutagawa Prize and sold 250,000 copies. Kawakami's first full-length novel, Heaven, won the Ministry of Education's Fine Arts Award for Debut Work, as well as the Murasaki Shikibu Prize. Her collection of short stories Dreams of Love, Etc won the Tanizaki Jun'ichiro Prize, and her collection of prose poems Sentan de sasuwa sasareruwa soraeewa (2006) was awarded the Nakahara Chuya Prize, one of the most prestigious prizes for Japanese poetry.
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