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“Mieko Kawakami wants to stir things up.”


Photo credit: AFP

In an interview with AFP, award-winning Japanese author Mieko Kawakami says she is happy to “stir things up” in her drive to depict the world as she sees it, as well as the experiences of people who might otherwise go unnoticed.

“There is a growing desire to hear the real voices of Asian women,” the 44-year-old told AFP, describing her desire to shed light on a broader sweep of Japanese society.

READ THE FULL INTERVIEW HERE

Hailed by Haruki Murakami as Japan’s most important contemporary novelist, Mieko Kawakami is the author of Breasts and Eggs, named a Best Book of 2020 by TIME, The Atlantic, Electric Literature, and The New York Times (Notable Book of the Year), and of the forthcoming Heaven (May 25), a sharp and illuminating novel about the impact of violence and the power of solidarity in our contemporary societies, which Kirkus Reviews calls “an unexpected classic” (starred review).

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