HIROMI KAWAKAMI: THE NAKANO THRIFT SHOP
Why We Recommend it
In this talk organised by the Hong Kong International Literary Festival (HKILF), Japanese author Hiromi Kawakami will discuss her latest novel, The Nakano Thrift Shop, with Hong Kong-based New Zealand performance poet and writer Blair Reeve.
Tokyo-born author Hiromi Kawakami is one of Japan’s most popular contemporary novelists. She is known for her off-beat and delicate prose that exposes the surrealism lurking in everyday life. After being shortlisted for the Man Booker International and Independent Foreign Fiction prizes for Strange Weather in Tokyo, Kawakami returns with The Nakano Thrift Shop.
The story features an odd cast of characters set among household bric-à-brac objects that turn out to be just as bizarre as the habitués of Mr. Nakano’s shop. Kawakami will speak with Blair Reeve about her novel and about portraying the deep mysteries of the human heart.