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Japan Society Book Club: The Nakano Thrift Shop by Hiromi Kawakami

11 November — 7:00 pm


Monday 11 November 2019 7.00pm

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

Free for Japan Society Members
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Japanese version available here

The Nakano Thrift Shop tells a funny, heart-warming story about love, life, and human relationships that features a delightfully offbeat cast of characters. The protagonist is Hitomi, an inexperienced shop assistant who works the register at Mr. Nakano’s thrift shop. She has fallen for her co-worker, the oddly reserved Takeo. Unsure of how to attract his attention, she seeks advice from her employer’s sister, Masayo, whose sentimental entanglements make her a somewhat unconventional guide. Animating Kawakami’s playful novel is Mr. Nakano himself, an original, entertaining, and enigmatic creation whose compulsive mannerisms, secretive love life, and impulsive behaviour defy all expectations.

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Hiromi Kawakami (b. 1958) is a Japanese writer known for her off-beat fiction. Born in Tokyo, she first began submitting stories to science-fiction magazines and taking on editorial work while majoring in biology at Ochanomizu University. Her literary coming of age arrived in 1994, when she won the Pascal Short Story Award for New Writers, an all-online competition, for Kamisama (God Bless You). In 1996, she received the Akutagawa Prize for her short story Hebi o fumu (tr. Record of a Night Too Brief), which established her among the standard bearers of the Japanese literary world.

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

 

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11 November
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