Breasts and Eggs (häftad)
Format
Häftad (Paperback / softback)
Språk
Engelska
Antal sidor
432
Utgivningsdatum
2021-06-10
Utmärkelser
Long-listed for Warwick Prize for Women in Translation 2021 (UK)
Förlag
Picador
Översättare
Sam Bett, David Boyd
Originalspråk
Japanese
Dimensioner
196 x 131 x 31 mm
Vikt
310 g
ISBN
9781529074413

Breasts and Eggs

Häftad,  Engelska, 2021-06-10
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A beguiling novel about three women struggling to determine their own lives in contemporary Tokyo. 'Breathtaking' Haruki Murakami author of Norwegian Wood A New York Times 'Notable Book of the Year' and one of Elena Ferrante's 'Top 40 Books by Female Authors'. Shortlisted for the Warwick Prize for Women in Translation. On a hot summers day in a poor suburb of Tokyo we meet three women: thirty-year-old Natsuko, her older sister Makiko, and Makikos teenage daughter Midoriko. Makiko, an ageing hostess despairing the loss of her looks, has travelled to Tokyo in search of breast enhancement surgery. She's accompanied by her daughter, who has recently stopped speaking, finding herself unable to deal with her own changing body and her mothers self-obsession. Her silence dominates Natsukos rundown apartment, providing a catalyst for each woman to grapple with their own anxieties and their relationships with one another. Eight years later, we meet Natsuko again. She is now a writer and finds herself on a journey back to her native city, returning to memories of that summer and her familys past as she faces her own uncertain future. In Breasts and Eggs Mieko Kawakami paints a radical and intimate portrait of contemporary working class womanhood in Japan, recounting the heartbreaking journeys of three women in a society where the odds are stacked against them. Translated from the Japanese by Sam Bett and David Boyd. 'Bold, modern and surprising' An Yu, author of Braised Pork 'Incredible and propulsive' Naoise Dolan, author of Exciting Times
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I can never forget the sense of pure astonishment I felt when I first read Mieko Kawakamis novella Breasts and Eggs . . . breathtaking . . . Mieko Kawakami is always ceaselessly growing and evolving -- Haruki Murakami Incredible -- Yoko Ogawa, author of<i> The Memory Police</i> Breasts and Eggs, which caused a small sensation upon its publication in the UK and US last year, was a fierce yet thoughtful tale of working-class womanhood * New Statesman * Bold, modern, and surprising -- An Yu, author of<i> Braised Pork</i> It is Tokyo as it is lived in, not a film set * New York Times * If you like Sheila Heti, you'll love Mieko Kawakami * NPR * A dazzling intellectual thriller by a new Japanese literary star . . . stunning * Financial Times * Breasts and Eggs is stunning - its rage, wry humour and nihilism rendered with real care. -- Olivia Sudjic, author of <i>Sympathy</i> Incredible and propulsive -- Naoise Dolan Fierce and sweet and I would like the rest of Kawakamis work translated, please -- Sarah Moss, author of<i> Summerwater</i>, in <i>The Times</i> Mieko Kawakami is a writer of rare candour and brilliance -- Rnn Hession, author of <i>Leonard and Hungry Paul</i> Already a literary sensation . . . Kawakami writes with unsettling precision about the body its discomforts, its appetites, its smells and secretions. -- Katie Kitamura * New York Times * An original and deeply moving novelthat is by turns hilarious, sexy, devastating, and always unforgettable. Breasts and Eggs crackles with provocative insights into the passage of time, friendship, money, and the pleasures and pains of living in a body. -- Laura van den Berg, author of <i>The Third Hotel</i> One of Japans brightest stars is set to explode across the global skies of literature . . . Kawakami is both a writers writer and an entertainer, a thinker and constantly evolving stylist who manages to be highly readable and immensely popular. * Japan Times * Mieko Kawakami lobbed a literary grenade into the fusty, male-dominated world of Japanese fiction with 'Chichi to Ran'('Breasts and Eggs') * Economist * Kawakami is emerging as one of Japans most prominent young literary voices, with thoughtfulness and eccentricity at the heart of her prose * Culture Trip * So finely crafted, every few lines could be a haiku, and you almost forget how difficult it must have been to create something so perfectly simple. And when you notice the clarity, meditativeness, eccentricity, quirk and wit in her writing, you immediately understand how Murakami could be inspired by a writer like this -- Praise for <i>Ms Ice Cream Sandwich</i> * Ladies Finger * The novel details the lives of three women: the 30-year-old unmarried narrator, her older sister Makiko, whos obsessed with getting breast implants and her daughter, Midoriko. With humour and compassion, Kawakami explores female oppression in Japan, reproduction rights and motherhood * Now Magazine * Originally published in Mieko Kawakamis native Japanese, the authors stellar 2008 novel Breast and Eggs is being translated to English for the first time ever this month, opening her bold writing up to a wider audience * Dazed and Confused *

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Mieko Kawakami is the author of the internationally bestselling novel Breasts and Eggs, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and one of TIMEs Best 10 Books, and the highly-acclaimed Heaven, her second novel to be translated and published in English, which Oprah Daily described as written with jagged, visceral beauty. Born in Osaka, Japan, Kawakami made her literary debut as a poet before publishing her first novella, My Ego, My Teeth, and the World. Known for their poetic qualities, their insights into the female body, and their preoccupation with ethics and modern society, her books have been translated into over twenty languages. Kawakamis literary awards include the Akutagawa Prize, the Tanizaki Prize, and the Murasaki Shikibu Prize. She lives in Tokyo, Japan.