Fiction, General Fiction
Paperback Published on: 12/05/2022
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a truly moving and haunting novel
This story follows a boy and a girl during school, who are the victims of very severe bullying. They try to grapple with why it happens, why them, who they... READ MORE
Myah Rose


Shortlisted for the International Booker Prize 2022 From the bestselling author of Breasts and Eggs and international literary sensation Mieko Kawakami, comes a sharp and illuminating novel about a fourteen-year-old boy subjected to relentless bullying. Hailed as a bold foray into new literary territory, Kawakami's novel is told in the voice of a fourteen-year-old student subjected to relentless torment for having a lazy eye. Instead of resisting, the boy suffers in complete resignation. The only person who understands what he is going through is a female classmate who suffers similar treatment at the hands of her tormenters. The young friends meet in secret in the hopes of avoiding any further attention and take solace in each other's company, completely unaware that their relationship has not gone unnoticed by their bullies . . . Kawakami's simple yet profound new work stands as a dazzling testament to her literary talent. Here, she asks us to question the fate of the meek in a society that favours the strong, and the lengths that even children will go in their learned cruelty. There can be little doubt that it has cemented her reputation as one of the most important young authors working to expand the boundaries of contemporary Japanese literature.

  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan
  • ISBN: 9781509898251
  • Number of pages: 176
  • Weight: 128g
  • Dimensions: 196 x 129 x 13 mm

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words can't describe how much i loved this book
Despite it being a short novel, it really left an impact on me and i still think about it a week after i've finished it. The ending left me with a bittersw... READ MORE
Elif Ozkan
thank you for listening to my TedTalk
First time reading one of mieko kawakami books and this is probably one of the first books I’ve sat down and actually read from page to page till the very ... READ MORE
Saca  Kaikadavu
The Genius Behind 'Heaven'
'Heaven' is a true display of Kawakami's genius. With time, it is becoming less and less often that a book will leave me utterly speechless and unable to e... READ MORE
Scarlet Hardy
Beautifully written but very sad and raw
Our unnamed protagonist is a fourteen year old boy who is being bullied at school, mostly by two other teens; Nanomiya and Momose, because he has a lazy ey... READ MORE
Rebecca Jamison