The new poetic and penetrating novel by Mieko Kawakami –

All night loversby best-selling author Mieko Kawakami, is soft, subtle and leaves a lasting impact. Deeply poetic, confrontational and above all an explorer, Kawakami leaves nothing to chance as she delves into the life of Fuyoko Irie, a thirty-five-year-old introvert.

All night lovers Set for release on May 12 is a courageous, beautiful and poetic novel, which explores and shines a light on the female body, mind and spirit by fearlessly asking conflicting questions about social dilemmas and the demands we face. we face in modern life.

Set in contemporary Tokyo, Fuyuko lives alone and seems to like it that way. Presented as an outsider for avoiding the things her former co-workers consider “normal”, Fuyuko removes any chance of having a healthy work environment, so she chooses to leave and become a freelance proofreader.

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The solitary existence of working and living alone only adds to Fuyuko’s unhealthy preference for avoiding all things social. Giving her life to work, Fuyuko immerses herself in manuscripts, upon manuscripts, one after another, as if to fill her head with enough thoughts of others, that it might be enough to ward off her own unwanted thoughts. A poetic metaphor for how we can occupy our minds, in order to avoid any form of self-reflection.

But loneliness has a price and, in order to make herself known, she realizes that she has to change something. Aware of what’s holding her back, she’s afraid to let people in, just as much as she’s afraid to take control. But she knows she can’t go on like this, and it’s with this realization that she finds false courage with the help of a beer or two to give her the bravado to get out of her zone of comfort. Which she does, and this is where we follow her as she stumbles through the process of learning to take control of her life, in a very painful, real yet poetic way.

Because Fukyoko longs to be heard and to be seen, she knows that in order to have these things, she’s going to have to step out of her comfort zone. It is during one of these outings that Fuyuko has a chance encounter with a physics teacher, Mr. Mitstka, who befriends Fuyuko and gives him the opportunity to come out of his shell for a bit for the help find a way to break down barriers. who kept his life on hold.

Mieko Kawakami
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Kawakami digs deep into the very nuances that make us human. Exploring the fundamentals that we all seem to want to block, but are integral to true personal and spiritual growth, with endless drinking or any outside noise that keeps us from looking within and gaining valuable insight into our lives and who we are.

In a very real and in-depth way, Kawakami addresses the very thoughts that help us make sense of who we are and what is important in our lives, exploring the meaning of human connection.

It is after completing the last page that All night lovers really overwhelms you. It makes you think of all the unnecessary, even painful ways we hide. Encourage you to investigate how you relate to the people in your life and let go of the past that no longer serves you, so you can be in the present. But above all, it leaves you with a shared sense of humanity, in that we all have the same hopes, fears and dreams, and that we all carry a light within us, which can empower us to help guide us. to a better version. of ourselves. Kawakami’s code of life is ultimately about being brave and taking complete control of your life and decisions. It’s a very soft and subtle novel, which leaves a lasting impact long after you put it down.

Mieko Kawakami is currently nominated for a Bookers International Price for his novel Heaven.

All night lovers set to release on May 12 via Pan Macmillan

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