Of all nights, lovers Mieko Kawakami
True pop icon in Japan, Mieko Kawakami is both novelist, poet but also a singer in a rock band and … mannequin. Young woman key to any 36 year old, she won the prestigious 2007 Akutagawa literary prize for her novel Chichi to Ran (“breasts and eggs’ published by Actes Sud). Through her writing, she takes a look both raw and right on the status of women in Japanese society. Its creative momentum, she published last March, “Of all nights, lovers.” This brilliant novel written in the first person, tells the story of the shy and introverted Fuyuko, proofreader freelance. The young 34 year old woman lives alone recluse in his own little world and not imagine any emotional relationship. It does not feed his reading: but it dissects the words, seeks hidden error ambushed fault.
Fuyuko love more than anything light and love she discovers gradually takes it irresistibly. For Fuyuko will nevertheless let two people in the vicinity of his life: Hijiri, professional interlocutor and Mr. Mitsutsuka, a physics professor who offers him access another dimension to this light it is particularly fond.
Journey into the apparent lightness of women, or their tiny gaping fears, their sacrifices and their excesses, their choices and their freedoms, this powerful and poignant book is a very poetic gravity and absolute modernity.
Of all nights, lovers Mieko Kawakami, Actes Sud, 279 pages, € 21.80.
By Aimee mackenzy