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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; and the highly-acclaimed Heaven, her second novel to be translated and published in English, which Oprah Daily described as written "with jagged, visceral beauty." Born in Osaka, Japan, Kawakami made her literary debut as a poet in 2006, and in 2007 published her first novella, My Ego, My Teeth, and the World. Known for their poetic qualities, their insights into the female body, and their preoccupation with ethics and modern society, her books have been translated into over twenty languages. Kawakami's literary awards include the Akutagawa Prize, the Tanizaki Prize, and the Murasaki Shikibu Prize. She lives in Tokyo, Japan.
Sam Bett studied Japanese at UMass-Amherst and Kwansei Gakuin University. Awarded Grand Prize in the 2016 JLPP International Translation Competition, he has translated fiction by Yoko Ogawa, Yukio Mishima, and Nisio Isin. He also cohosts Us&Them, a Brooklyn-based reading series showcasing the work of writers who translate. His translation of Yukio Mishima's Star won the 2019 Japan-US Friendship Commission (JUSFC) Prize for the Translation of Japanese Literature.
David Boyd is assistant professor of Japanese at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He has translated novels and stories by Hiroko Oyamada, Masatsugu Ono, and Toh EnJoe, among others. His translation of Hideo Furukawa's Slow Boat won the 2017/2018 Japan-US Friendship Commission (JUSFC) Prize for the Translation of Japanese Literature.
Praise for All the Lovers in the Night
★ "The author dazzles with her exploration of emotions... An invigorating and empowering portrait. It's a winner."--Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
★ "Kawakami has created a rich and notable examination of the varied ways women choose to live their lives and the gains and losses that come with the choices they've made. Kawakami writes with the tender and incisive sensibilities of a poet.... An unforgettable and masterful work."--Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)
★ "Candid and searing, Kawakami's latest is another brilliantly rendered portal into young women's lives."--Booklist (Starred Review)
"Her most accomplished novel yet...A contemporary Japanese master continues her meteoric rise into our literary firmament."--Hamilton Cain, Oprah Daily (A Most Anticipated Book of 2022)
Praise for Heaven and Breasts and Eggs
"An argument in favor of meaning, of beauty, of life."--Nadja Spiegelman, The New York Times Book Review on Heaven
"You're certain to be astonished by Kawakami's latest novel exploring violence and bullying with fierce, feminist and damning candor."--Ms. Magazine on Heaven
"Heaven shows us how to think about morality as an ongoing, dramatic activity. It can be maddening and ruinous and isolating. But it can also be shared, enlivened through writing and conversation, and momentarily redeemed through unheroic acts of solidarity."--Merve Emre, The New Yorker
"Heaven is very likely to make you cry."--Lily Meyer, NPR
"Kawakami is a rising young star in the literary scene."--CNN Underscored
"Original and deeply moving... This book is a gift."--Laura van den Berg on Breasts and Eggs
"Fantastic."--Kat Chow, NPR, on Breasts and Eggs
"Stunning."--Financial Times, on Breasts and Eggs
"Kawakami writes with unsettling precision about the body...she is especially good at capturing its longings."--Katie Kitamura, The New York Times, on Breasts and Eggs
"I can never forget the sense of pure astonishment I felt when I first read Mieko Kawakami's Breasts and Eggs."--Haruki Murakami
"A unique, direct voice--almost every page contains sentences that stop me in my tracks."--Marta Bausells, LitHub
"Will transcend cultural barriers and enchant readers."--Alina Cohen, New York Observer