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Hiromi Kawakami | Podcast

Hiromi Kawakami, Anne Meadows & Asa Yoneda

‘Looking back, I never was aware of feeling that close to death, but actually if you think about it, just living every day there is a very small but definitely existing chance of death, whatever you're doing, wherever you are.’

Hiromi Kawakami

Born in 1958 in Tokyo, HIROMI KAWAKAMI is one of Japan's most popular contemporary novelists. She is the recipient of the Pascal Short Story Prize for New Writers and the Akutagawa Prize. Her novel Drowning won both the Ito Sei Literature Award and Joryu Bungaku Sho (Women Writers' Prize) in 2000. Her novel Manazuru won the 2011 Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission Prize. Strange Weather in Tokyo (Sensei no kaban) won the Tanizaki prize in 2001 and was shortlisted for both the 2013 Man Asian Literary Prize and the 2014 Independent Foreign Fiction Prize.

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Anne Meadows

Anne Meadows is Editor at Granta and Portobello books, where she acquires literary fiction and non-fiction. She is always on the lookout for new writers with ambition and intelligence who believe that words are the best medium we have to share our messy, joyful, troubling experiences of being human. Her authors include John Darnielle, Donald Antrim, Frances Larson, Chinelo Okparanta, Catherine Lacey, Alejandro Zambra, Jáchym Topol and Katrine Kielos.

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Asa Yoneda

Asa Yoneda was born in Osaka and translates from Japanese. She currently lives in Bristol.

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