Breasts and Eggs (Paperback)
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Breasts and Eggs (Paperback)

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Paperback 432 Pages
Published: 10/06/2021
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Through the trials and tribulations of a trio of women, Kawakami presents an enthralling picture of working class womanhood in modern Japanese society.

On a hot summer's day in a poor suburb of Tokyo we meet three women: thirty-year-old Natsuko, her older sister Makiko, and Makiko's teenage daughter Midoriko. Makiko, an ageing hostess despairing the loss of her looks, has travelled to Tokyo in search of breast enhancement surgery. She's accompanied by Midoriko, who has recently stopped speaking, finding herself unable to deal with her own changing body and her mother's self-obsession. Her silence dominates Natsuko's rundown apartment, providing a catalyst for each woman to grapple with their own anxieties and their relationships with one another.

Eight years later, we meet Natsuko again. She is now a writer and find herself on a journey back to her native city, returning to memories of that summer and her family's past as she faces her own uncertain future.

In Breasts and Eggs Mieko Kawakami paints a radical and intimate portrait of contemporary working class womanhood in Japan, recounting the heartbreaking journeys of three women in a society where the odds are stacked against them. This is an unforgettable English language debut from a major new international talent.

Publisher: Pan Macmillan
ISBN: 9781529074413
Number of pages: 432
Weight: 307 g
Dimensions: 196 x 130 x 30 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

I can never forget the sense of pure astonishment I felt when I first read Mieko Kawakami’s novella Breasts and Eggs . . . breathtaking . . . Mieko Kawakami is always ceaselessly growing and evolving - Haruki Murakami

Incredible - Yoko Ogawa, author of The Memory Police

Breasts and Eggs, which caused a small sensation upon its publication in the UK and US last year, was a fierce yet thoughtful tale of working-class womanhood - New Statesman

Bold, modern, and surprising - An Yu, author of Braised Pork

It is Tokyo as it is lived in, not a film set - New York Times

If you like Sheila Heti, you'll love Mieko Kawakami - NPR

A dazzling intellectual thriller by a new Japanese literary star . . . stunning - Financial Times

Breasts and Eggs is stunning - its rage, wry humour and nihilism rendered with real care. - Olivia Sudjic, author of Sympathy

Incredible and propulsive - Naoise Dolan

Fierce and sweet and I would like the rest of Kawakami’s work translated, please - Sarah Moss, author of Summerwater, in The Times

Mieko Kawakami is a writer of rare candour and brilliance - Rónán Hession, author of Leonard and Hungry Paul

Already a literary sensation . . . Kawakami writes with unsettling precision about the body — its discomforts, its appetites, its smells and secretions. - Katie Kitamura, New York Times

An original and deeply moving novel—that is by turns hilarious, sexy, devastating, and always unforgettable. Breasts and Eggs crackles with provocative insights into the passage of time, friendship, money, and the pleasures and pains of living in a body. - Laura van den Berg, author of The Third Hotel

One of Japan’s brightest stars is set to explode across the global skies of literature . . . Kawakami is both a writer’s writer and an entertainer, a thinker and constantly evolving stylist who manages to be highly readable and immensely popular. - Japan Times

Mieko Kawakami lobbed a literary grenade into the fusty, male-dominated world of Japanese fiction with 'Chichi to Ran'('Breasts and Eggs') - Economist

Kawakami is emerging as one of Japan’s most prominent young literary voices, with thoughtfulness and eccentricity at the heart of her prose - Culture Trip

So finely crafted, every few lines could be a haiku, and you almost forget how difficult it must have been to create something so perfectly simple. And when you notice the clarity, meditativeness, eccentricity, quirk and wit in her writing, you immediately understand how Murakami could be inspired by a writer like this - Praise for Ms Ice Cream Sandwich, Ladies Finger

The novel details the lives of three women: the 30-year-old unmarried narrator, her older sister Makiko, who’s obsessed with getting breast implants and her daughter, Midoriko. With humour and compassion, Kawakami explores female oppression in Japan, reproduction rights and motherhood - Now Magazine

Originally published in Mieko Kawakami’s native Japanese, the author’s stellar 2008 novel Breast and Eggs is being translated to English for the first time ever this month, opening her bold writing up to a wider audience - Dazed and Confused

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“Great fiction about the lives of Japanese women!”

I received a digital copy after I requested it from Netgalley, however that will not affect the review. My opinions are my own.


So, apparently, this is not just one story but two stories and it makes so much sense... More

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“A great story of sisterhood”

Breasts and Eggs, that’s a title you don’t forget in a hurry. A title like that has to make You a little curious as to what is hiding within the pages, it certainly piqued my interest.

Sisters Natsu and Makiko have... More

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“Japanese”

This expanded edition of the original novella 'Breasts and Eggs' is a welcome addition to the body of Japanese literature available in English translation. And it's Mieko Kawakami, right, so you know... More

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