Heaven by Mieko Kawakami

Publisher: Picador
Publication Date:
10 June 2021
Length: 167 pages
Literary Fiction | Translated Fiction | Japanese Fiction

CW: suicide ideation, self harm, violence, assault, sexual assault


Hailed as a bold foray into new literary territory, Kawakami’s novel is told in the voice of a fourteen-year-old student subjected to relentless torment for having a lazy eye. Instead of resisting, the boy suffers 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 tormenters.

The young friends meet in secret in the hopes of avoiding any further attention and take solace in each other’s company, completely unaware that their relationship has not gone unnoticed by their bullies . . .

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