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Hiromi Kawakami: The Granta Podcast, Ep. 88

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Hiromi Kawakami is a novelist, haiku poet, literary critic and essayist. Her books include Manazuru,...


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).

Here, she talks to Granta Books editor Anne Meadows on her essay for Granta 127: Japan, the presence of death in her work and the influence of Gabriel García Márquez, with interpretation by Asa Yoneda.

‘I never really thought about death or mortality, but coming to terms with this diagnosis, or the probability of this diagnosis, I realized that, medically speaking, death can always be thought of not as a certainty, but as a probability. Looking back, I never was aware of feeling that close to death, but actually if you think about it, just living every day there is a very small but definitely existing chance of death, whatever you’re doing, wherever you are.’?

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Hiromi Kawakami

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).

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Anne Meadows

Anne Meadows is Junior Editor at Granta and Portobello books, where she acquires literary fiction and non-fiction. Prior to Granta, she read for a literary agent at A.P. Watt and spent a summer working on literary television for the BBC. She is always on the lookout for new writers with ambition and intelligence who believe that words are the best medium we have to share our messy, joyful, troubling experiences of being human. Her authors include John Darnielle, Donald Antrim, Frances Larson, Chinelo Okparanta, Catherine Lacey, Alejandro Zambra, Jáchym Topol and Katrine Kielos.

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Asa Yoneda

Asa Yoneda was born in Osaka and translates from Japanese. She currently lives in Bristol.

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