“Kawakami is a writer who doesn’t shy away from hard truths and painful experiences,” wrote the Japan Times. Told simply and directly but containing astonishing emotional depth, Heaven explores the meaning and experience of violence and the consolations of friendship. Bullied because of his lazy eye, Kawakami’s protagonist suffers in silence. His only respite comes thanks to his friendship with a girl who is also the victim of relentless teasing. But what is the nature of a friendship if your shared bond is terror?
Unflinching yet tender, sharply observed, intimate and multi-layered, Heaven is yet another dazzling testament to Kawakami’s uncontainable talent. A frank and brilliantly evocative writer who is “ceaselessly growing and evolving,” according to Haruki Murakami, Kawakami is, for The Economist, “Japan’s brightest new literary star.”
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.