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About Her and the Memories That Belong to Her

Mieko Kawakami

Translated by Hitomi Yoshio

‘If I were to forget, then it would be the same as it never having existed at all.’

Mieko Kawakami

Mieko Kawakami’s first novella, My Ego Ratio, My Teeth, and the World was published in 2007 and was awarded the Tsubouchi Shoyo Prize for Young Emerging Writers. In the following year, Kawakami published her second novella, Breasts and Eggs, which won the Akutagawa Prize and sold 250,000 copies. The novella was translated into Norwegian, Spanish, French, Chinese, Korean and other languages. Her subsequent works include two novels, Heaven and All the Lovers in the Night, a short story collection Dreams of Love, Etc, two collections of prose poems Sentan de sasuwa sasareruwa soraeewa and Water Vessel and nine collections of essays.

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Translated by Hitomi Yoshio

Hitomi Yoshio is an Assistant Professor of Japanese literature at Florida International University. Her research interests include modern and contemporary Japanese literature with a focus on women’s writing. Her translations of Mieko Kawakami’s works have appeared in Monkey Business: New Writing from Japan vols. 2–5, Electric Literature, Words without Borders and another is forthcoming from Denver Quarterly. She received her PhD from Columbia University in 2012.

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