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Hiromi Kawakami

Japan (b.1958)

Hiromi Kawakami is a novelist, haiku poet, literary critic and essayist. Her books include Manazuru, Pasuta mashiin y?rei (Pasta Machine Ghosts) and Sensei no kaban (The Briefcase), published as Strange Weather in Tokyo by Portobello Books in the UK. She was awarded the 1996 Akutagawa Prize for Hebi o fumu (Tread on a Snake).

Genres: Literary Fiction
New and upcoming books
June 2024

The Third Love
   Manazuru (2010)
   The Briefcase (2012)
   Strange Weather in Tokyo (2013)
   The Nakano Thrift Shop (2016)
   The Ten Loves of Nishino (2019)
   The Third Love (2024)
   Under the Eye of the Big Bird (2024)
Novellas and Short Stories
   Parade (2019)
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