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   Hitomi Kanehara
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Born in 1983, Hitomi Kanehara is the leading author of the new Japanese literary generation. With Snakes and piercing, in 2004 she became the youngest author to ever win the prestigious Akutagawa Award.
The first novel by this only just twenty-year-old author, Snakes and piercing - recently published in Italy by Fazi - caused an uproar in the Japanese literary world. In only one month the book sold 500,000 copies in Japan, going straight to the top of the bestseller list, and also achieving the status of one of the most successful Japanese debuts in recent years with both critics and readers. Translated all over the world, Hebi ni Piasu will be published in England and in America in May.
The plot of this novel that has shocked and enchanted Japan, is about Luì’s "sentimental education", alternating extreme sex and painful procedures for modifying her own body. Sex and death, pain and pleasure, flesh and metal merge in this spiral journey through the Japanese twilight and has become the manifesto for Japan’s new underground generation. In a society that turns away from personal bloodshed and looks away if catching a glimpse of the pain of others, Kanehara’s book transcends from pure literary importance.
 
Comments about her

"Hitomi Kanehara is the icon of Japanese pop culture".
New York Times

"Authors exist depending on whether or not they have that ‘something’. There is no doubt she has that ‘something’".
Hitonari Tsuji, author

"A novel that could only have been written by someone with real talent".
Ryu Murakami
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