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Japan Society Book Club: I Want to Kick You in the Back by Risa Wataya

10 July — 7:00 pm


Monday 10 July 2017                      7.00pm

The Japan Society
13 / 14 Cornwall Terrace
London NW1 4QP

Free for Japan Society Members
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Japanese original available here

I Want to Kick You in the Back follows Hatsu, who is in her first year of high school and having a hard time fitting in with her classmates. She meets Ninagawa, an outcast who is obsessed with a model/pop idol but who has no interest in the actual girls around him. Gradually, Hatsu develops an impulse towards Ninagawa, not of love or infatuation, but one that can best be described as a desire to kick him in the back.This novella does a great job of exploring the ambivalent feelings of a teenager in search of a meaningful relationship.

The book club is held every month. There is no restriction on the nationality of the authors read, but books should be available in translation in both Japanese and English. The discussion is conducted mainly in English, but you can choose the language in which you read the book. The intention is simple: to explore the themes of the book, express personal opinions on the style and content, discuss how the book has changed (or not) in translation and to have a relaxed discussion with others who have similar interests.

Risa Wataya (b. 1984) is a novelist from Kyoto. Her first novella, Install, written when she was 17, was awarded the 38th Bungei Prize. While studying at Waseda University she received the the Akutagawa Prize for her novel Keritai Senaka (I Want to Kick you in the Back). At the age of 19, Wataya became the youngest author – and only the third student – to receive this prestigious award. Wataya’s novels deal with the pressures of being young in Japan, whether in school, at work or at home, and she has developed a devoted following within her own generation.

To reserve your place, please call the Japan Society office on 020 3075 1996 or email events@japansociety.org.uk.

 

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