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Heaven

by Kawakami, Mieko, 1976-

Format: Print Book 2021
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Summary

SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2022 INTERNATIONAL BOOKER PRIZE

From the bestselling author of Breasts and Eggs and international literary sensation Mieko Kawakami, a sharp and illuminating novel about the impact of violence and the power of solidarity.

A bold foray into new literary territory, Kawakami's novel is told in the voice of a 14-year-old student subjected to relentless torment for having a lazy eye. Instead of resisting, the boy chooses to suffer in complete resignation. The only person who understands what he is going through is a female classmate who suffers similar treatment at the hands of her tormentors.

These raw and realistic portrayals of bullying are counterbalanced by textured exposition of the philosophical and religious debates concerning violence to which the weak are subjected.

Heaven stands as a dazzling testament to Kawakami's literary talent. There can be little doubt that it has cemented her reputation as one of today's most important young authors working to expand the boundaries of contemporary Japanese literature.

A New York Times, Washington Post, TIME, Oprah Daily, CNN, Bustle, and Ms. Magazine most anticipated book of the year.

A June 2021 Indie Next Pick

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Kawakami's (Breasts and Eggs, 2020) powerful and unassuming novel explores horrific accounts of bullying in a Japanese school. The unnamed 14-year-old narrator gets tormented by classmates for having a lazy eye. Instead of standing up to them, he resigns himself to his fate, believing there is nothing he can do about it. A female fellow student, Kojima, notices him and starts leaving him notes in his pencil case. They become friends but never talk to each other at school. At the beginning of summer, Kojima asks the boy to come with her to Heaven: a place where those who have endured immense sadness now live in harmony. However, their trip is cut short when they both realize they cannot completely escape their realities back home. When they are cornered by their tormentors together, the boy is faced with the choice to stand up and fight or to commit an act of aggression against his only friend. Kawakami's depiction of cruelty among youths is raw and vivid. She uses her characters to explore the thought processes behind bullies and their victims and how such depraved human behaviors can exist. Her sensitive, evocative storytelling sets her apart as an incredible literary talent."
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Kawakami (Breasts and Eggs) returns with a searing account of bullying and adolescent angst. In the vast, violent wasteland of middle school, the 14-year-old unnamed narrator endures horrific physical abuse from a group of sadistic classmates, assuming it's due to his lazy eye. In graphic detail, Kawakami describes the escalating harm brought to him, from his being made to ingest toilet water, a goldfish, and scraps of food from a pet rabbit's cage, to having chalk stuffed up his nose, being shoved into a locker, and an excruciatingly brutal confrontation in a gym, leaving him with the heartbreaking "desire to disappear." When he receives an anonymous note in his desk seeking friendship, he suspects it's a prank, but discovers it's from a female schoolmate who is also being humiliated. They meet in the school stairwell to share stories and later take summer excursions out of town, and suffer a stunning final encounter with their adversaries, during which one of the culprits explains the unexpected and startling reasons behind the attacks. This incident is particularly harrowing, and Kawakami unflinchingly takes the reader through the abyss of depraved, dehumanizing behavior with keen psychological insight, brilliant sensitivity, and compassionate understanding. With this, the author's star continues to rise. (May)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Bullying -- Fiction.
Friendship -- Fiction.
School violence -- Fiction.
Japan -- Fiction.
Psychological fiction.
Bildungsromans.
Publisher New York, N.Y. :2021
Other Titles Hevun.
Contributors Bett, Sam, 1986- translator.
Boyd, David (David G.), translator.
Language English
In English, translated from the Japanese.
Notes Translation of: Hevun.
Description 190 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN 9781609456214
1609456211
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