Heaven (Hardcover)

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By Mieko Kawakami, Sam Bett (Translator), David Boyd (Translator)
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It would be difficult to find a more sympathetic portrait of friendship than the two bullied fourteen-year-olds who seek refuge in each other in Mieko Kawakami's Heaven. Afloat in an ocean of torment by his classmates, Eyes feels lost until he meets a kindred spirit in Kojima. Soon their bond grows from the simple one-sided conversation of notes to the deep philosophical discussions of their weaknesses and strengths. Throughout all of this, the bullies' presence punctuates their days and forces them to contemplate the meaning of their lives. Kawakami’s writing is both raw and elegant as she gracefully draws the lines between hardship and hope in this magnificent new book.

— From Elaine & Luisa's Picks: Spring 2021

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A MOST ANTICIPATED BOOK
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From the bestselling author of Breasts and Eggs and international literary sensation Mieko Kawakami, a sharp and illuminating novel about the impact of violence and the power of solidarity in our contemporary societies.

Hailed as a bold foray into new literary territory, Kawakami's novel is told in the voice of a 14-year-old student subjected to relentless torment for having a lazy eye. Instead of resisting, the boy chooses to suffer in complete resignation. The only person who understands what he is going through is a female classmate who suffers similar treatment at the hands of her tormenters.

These raw and realistic portrayals of bullying are counterbalanced by textured exposition of the philosophical and religious debates concerning violence to which the weak are subjected.

Kawakami's simple yet profound new work stands as a dazzling testament to her literary talent. There can be little doubt that it has cemented her reputation as one of the most important young authors working to expand the boundaries of contemporary Japanese literature.

"One of Japan's brightest stars is set to explode across the global skies of literature."--Japan Times

About the Author


Mieko Kawakami is the author of the internationally best-selling novel, Breasts and Eggs, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and one of TIME's Best 10 Books of 2020. Born in Osaka, Kawakami made her literary debut as a poet in 2006, and published her first novella, My Ego, My Teeth, and the World, in 2007. Her writing is known for its poetic qualities and its insights into the female body, ethical questions, and the dilemmas of modern society. Her books have been translated into many languages and are available all over the world. She has received numerous prestigious literary awards in Japan, including the Akutagawa Prize, the Tanizaki Prize, and the Murasaki Shikibu Prize. Kawakami lives in Tokyo, Japan.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781609456214
ISBN-10: 1609456211
Publisher: Europa Editions
Publication Date: May 25th, 2021
Pages: 192
Language: English