Monday 13 March 2017 7.00pm
The Japan Society
13 / 14 Cornwall Terrace
London NW1 4QP
Free for Japan Society Members
Book online here
One morning, a woman treads on a snake. She comes home that evening and realises the snake has moved into her house and is saying she is her mother…So begins the story of a woman trying to live with a snake, with herself – or perhaps with something else altogether.
This volume includes the three stories ‘Tread on a Snake’, ‘Missing’ and ‘Record of a Night Too Brief’ which together won the Akutagawa Prize in 1996. Filled with fantastically multicoloured images and unexplained collapses in time and place, these highly surreal, meticulously worked stories of longing and disappearance, love and loathing are the work of an enormously talented writer at the top of her game.
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.
Hiromi Kawakami (b. 1958) is a Japanese writer known for her off-beat fiction. Born in Tokyo, Kawakami graduated from Ochanomizu Women’s College in 1980. She made her debut as “Yamada Hiromi” in NW-SF No. 16 in 1980 with the story ‘Diptera’ and also helped edit some early issues of NW-SF in the 1970s. She reinvented herself as a writer and wrote her first book, a collection of short stories entitled God published in 1994. She is also known as a literary critic and a provocative essayist.
Hiromi Kawakami will be in London for Japan Now at the British Library on Saturday 25 February, a day long event exploring contemporary Japanese literature and culture in dialogue with the West.