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ARCHIVED ONLINE EVENT - Japan Society Book Club: Heaven by Mieko Kawakami

Monday 13 December 2021 / 7:00pm
ONLINE EVENT - Japan Society Book Club: Heaven by Mieko Kawakami

Monday 13 December 2021
7.00pm (GMT)
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Booking Details
Online event
Free for Japan Society Members

Book available from AbeBooks, Amazon and Book Depository 
Japanese version available here

Book online here

The activities of the Japan Society are made possible thanks to the support of its members. This event is free of charge and open to all. We realise that this is a difficult time for many people. However, if you are planning to attend and do not have a membership subscription as an individual or through your employer, please consider making a donation. You can find details of membership and how to join the Japan Society community here.

Told through the eyes of a fourteen-year-old boy subjected to relentless bullying, this is a haunting novel of the threat of violence that can stalk our teenage years. Instead of putting up resistance, the boy suffers in complete resignation. His only friend is a female classmate suffering a similar treatment at the hands of bullies at the school. They meet in secret in the hopes of avoiding any further attention, but their relationship has not gone unnoticed. One day the two are drawn to a deserted park and unwittingly walk straight into the hands of their tormentors.

Read our review of Heaven here, and also a review of the live reading of the novel performed at the Soutbank Centre in October 2021 here.

Mieko Kawakami started her career as a singer songwriter and is now a prize-winning and bestselling author in Japan. Her first novella, My Ego, My Teeth and The World, was nominated for the Akutagawa Prize, the most prestigious literary prize in Japan, and was awarded the Tsubouchi Shoyo Prize for Young Emerging Writers. Her second novella, Breasts and Eggs, won the Akutagawa Prize. Kawakami’s first full-length novel, Heaven, won the Ministry of Education’s Fine Arts Award for Debut Work and Murasaki Shikibu Prize. Her collection of short stories Dreams of Love, Etc. won the Tanizaki Junichiro Prize.

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