Breasts and Eggs

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Breasts and Eggs
Author: Mieko Kawakami
Specifications: ISBN  978-4163270104
138 pages
13.6 x 19.2 cm / 5.4 x 7.7 in (WxH)
Category: Fiction
Publisher: Bungeishunju Ltd.
Tokyo, 2008
Agents: Bureau des Copyrights Francais
Awards: Akutagawa Prize, 2007
Translations: French, Norwegian, Spanish
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Country Languages Publisher Title ISBN Translator Affiliate Link
France French ACTES SUD Seins et oeufs 978-2330002404 Patrick Honnoré
Norway Norwegian BOKVENNEN FORLAG Pupper og egg 978-8274882744 Magne Tørring
Spain Spanish Sd edicions Senos y huevos 978-8494116346 Fernando Cordobés, Yoko Ogihara
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The title pretty much says it all about this novella and its frank focus on female sexuality. The story unfolds from the perspective of a narrator whose life alone in Tokyo is disrupted when her older sister, Makiko, arrives from Osaka one summer with daughter Midoriko in tow, to stay for what turn out to be three tumultuous days. Makiko has been working as a club hostess to raise Midoriko since divorcing the girl's father, while Midoriko, now in elementary school, has stopped communicating except through written memos. Worn thin by her troubles, Makiko is in Tokyo this time to make herself over with a costly breast implant, although the narrator honestly cannot understand what her sister could be thinking. On the second day Makiko heads out alone for her procedure at a Ginza clinic, but is not seen again until late that night when she returns exhausted, saying she has been with Midoriko's father. Concern for her mother finally nudges Midoriko to begin talking again, and the two reaffirm their bond by throwing raw eggs at each other. One highlight of the tale comes on the first day, when the grown sisters sit together at the neighborhood bathhouse observing naked women of all ages; their exchange flows to the garrulous rhythms of Osaka speech, in the best tradition of such masters of the dialect as Akiyuki Nosaka and Ko Machida.

The accompanying short story, Anatatachi no ren'ai wa hinshi (No Hope for Your Romance), portrays the fleeting encounter between a young man handing out free tissues on a Shinjuku street corner and a young woman fantasizing about sex with a total stranger.

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