Snakes and Earrings
Snakes and Earrings (蛇にピアス Hebi ni Piasu, ISBN 0-525-94889-9) is a novel written by the Japanese author Hitomi Kanehara in 2003, and it won the 2003 Akutagawa Prize for literature. It was translated into English by David Karashima. In 2007, a film-version directed by Yukio Ninagawa was released.
The story follows several months in the life of Lui, a young woman who, while exploring body modification, decides to split her tongue. It follows her feelings at this time, and her slow spiral downwards into alcoholism.
- Lui (中沢 ルイ Nakazawa Lui), a nineteen-year-old woman who claims to be named after Louis Vuitton.
- Ama (雨田 和則 Amada Kazunori), Lui's eighteen-year-old boyfriend.
- Shiba-san (柴田 キヅキ Shibata Kizuki), a 24-year-old horishi (Japanese tattoo artist), body piercer and bisexual sadist.
- Maki (マキ), a friend of Lui. A 'barbie-girl.'
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