Contemporary Japanese Writers

Sunday 24 May, 4.00pm

National Centre for Writing

Tickets: £5.00

Norfolk & Norwich Festival 2020 has been cancelled

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Two of the most celebrated writers in Japan today discuss their writing and the portrayal of womanhood and the female body in contemporary Japan. Murata’s Convenience Store Woman was one of the hottest Japanese fiction releases of 2018, and Kawakami has been singled out as a favourite of Haruki Murakami.

‘I can never forget the sense of pure astonishment I felt when I first read Mieko Kawakami’s novella Breasts and Eggs…breathtaking’ – Haruki Murakami

‘I can never forget the sense of pure astonishment I felt when I first read Mieko Kawakami’s novella Breasts and Eggs…breathtaking’ – Haruki Murakami

‘Mieko Kawakami lobbed a literary grenade into the fusty, male-dominated world of Japanese fiction with Breasts and Eggs.’Economist

‘Murata’s gloriously nutty deadpan prose and even more nuttily likable narrator are irresistible.’The Observer on Convenience Store Woman

 

 

‘A sure-fire hit of the summer… quirky [and] profound’ Irish Times on Convenience Store Woman

Important information

Venue: National Centre for Writing

Age guidance: 14+

Duration: 1 hour

About the writers

Born in Osaka prefecture in 1976, Mieko Kawakami began her career as a singer and songwriter before making her literary debut in 2006. Her first novella My Ego, My Teeth, and the World, published in 2007, was nominated for the Akutagawa Prize and awarded the Tsubouchi Shoyo Prize for Young Emerging Writers. The following year, Kawakami published Breasts and Eggs as a short novella. It won the Akutagawa Prize, Japan’s most prestigious literary honor, and earned praise from the acclaimed writer Yoko Ogawa. Kawakami is also the author of the novels Heaven, The Night Belongs to Lovers, and the newly expanded Breasts and Eggs, her first novel to be published in English. She lives in Japan.

One of the most celebrated of the new generation of Japanese writers, Sayaka Murata has won not only the prestigious Akutagawa Prize, but the Gunzo, Noma, and Mishima Yukio Prizes as well. Her story, ‘A Clean Marriage’, was featured in Granta 127 Japan. She is 36-years-old and works part-time at a convenience store. Convenience Store Woman is her first novel in English translation.

Tickets

Tickets: £5.00

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Sunday

24 May

04:00 pm

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In partnership with International Literature Festival Dublin

 

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