April 1, 1958 |
|Notable work(s)||Tread On A Snake, The Teacher's Briefcase|
|Notable award(s)||Akutagawa Prize
Born in Tokyo, Kawakami graduated from Ochanomizu Women's College in 1980. She made her debut as “Yamada Hiromi” in NW-SF #16, edited by Yamano Koichi and Yamada Kazuko, in 1980 with the story So-shimoku (“Diptera”), and also helped edit some early issues of NW-SF in the 1970s. She reinvented herself as a writer and made her second debut in mainstream literature with her first book, a collection of short stories entitled God (Kamisama) published in 1994. Her novel The Teacher's Briefcase (Sensei no kaban) is a love story between a woman in her thirties and a man in his seventies. She is also known as a literary critic and a provocative essayist.
Awards and honors
- 1996 Akutagawa Prize for Tread On A Snake (Hebi wo fumu)
- 2000 Itō Sei Literature Prize for Oboreru
- 2000 Woman Writer's Prize for Oboreru
- 2001 Tanizaki Prize for The Teacher's Briefcase (Sensei no kaban)
- 2007 Honored by the Ministry of Education for her novel Manazuru
- 2012 Man Asian Literary Prize shortlist for The Briefcase
- Kamisama (God), 1994
A partial English translation of this story is included in Read Real Japanese Fiction, a compilation of Japanese short stories edited by Michael Emmerich, published in 2008.
- Hebi wo fumu (蛇を踏む, Tread On A Snake), 1996
- Oboreru (Drowning), 2000
- Sensei no kaban (The Teacher's Briefcase), 2001
- Furudogu Nakano Shoten (The Nakano Thrift Store), 2005
- Manazuru (真鶴), 2006
- Pasuta Mashiin Yuurei (Pasta Machine Ghosts), 2010
- Strange Weather in Tokyo(The Briefcase), 2012
- Alison Flood (January 09, 2013). "Man Asian literary prize shortlist stages Booker re-match". The Guardian. Retrieved January 09, 2013.
- Hiromi Kawakami at J'Lit Books from Japan (English)
- Synopsis of Manazuru at JLPP (Japanese Literature Publishing Project) (English)