The Ten Loves of Mr Nishino | Granta

  • Published: 06/08/2020
  • ISBN: 9781846277016
  • Granta Books
  • 208 pages

The Ten Loves of Mr Nishino

Hiromi Kawakami

Translated by Allison Markin Powell

Over the course of his life, Mr Nishino falls hopelessly in love again and again. One woman is a colleague, another a chance encounter; one is the girlfriend of a classmate, another the best friend of Nishino’s latest conquest. Some are entranced by Nishino, others care more for their freedom, their children (or their cats).

As we come to learn of the torments, desires and delights of each woman, a portrait emerges of a complicated man whose great capacity for love may well be the cause of his downfall.

Charming... beguiling and beautiful

Times

Quirky and delicate...timeless...I fell totally under the spell of this beautiful book

Daily Mail

Arresting... a wonderful sleight-of-hand narrative that reveals so much while seemingly being very simple

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The Author

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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The Translator

Allison Markin Powell has been awarded grants from English PEN and the NEA, and the 2020 PEN America Translation Prize for The Ten Loves of Nishino by Hiromi Kawakami. Her other translations include works by Osamu Dazai, Fuminori Nakamura, and Shiori Ito (forthcoming). She was the co-organizer and co-host of the Translating the Future conference, and she maintains the database Japanese Literature in English.

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