Review: Heaven by Mieko Kawakami

Fans of Breasts and Eggs, Mieko Kawakami’s first novel published in English in 2020, might be expecting another women-centered narrative. Heaven is radically different. This time, an unnamed male narrator describes his appalling position in the social hierarchy of his junior high school…

…But though the graphic bullying is the novel’s context, at its heart is an enduring question: what does a human being make of suffering?…

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