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Description - Snakes & Earrings by Hitomi Kanehara

This tale of sex and darkness is narrated by Lui, an alienated young Japanese woman who becomes disastrously involved with two dangerous men. Lui first meets her boyfriend Ama in a bar after finding herself mesmerised by his forked tongue. She immediately moves in with him and begins following him down the path to body modification by having her tongue pierced and planning a beautiful tattoo for her back. Ama's friend Shiba creates this exquisite tattoo and as he works on it Lui begins an illicit and brutal sexual relationship with him. Then, after a violent encounter on the back streets of Tokyo, Ama goes missing and Lui must face up to her choices...

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780099483670
ISBN-10: 009948367X
Format: Paperback
(178mm x 130mm x 9mm)
Pages: 128
Imprint: Vintage
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publish Date: 2-Jun-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Hitomi Kanehara

Hitomi Kanehara is a twenty-year-old new writer who stopped attending school at the age of eleven. After she left home as a teenager, she sent her stories by email to her writer father who helped her edit them. Snakes and Earrings won the top Japanese literary award, the Akutagawa Prize. One of the judges, celebrated writer Ryu Murakami, said her book was 'easily the top choice, receiving the highest marks of any work since I became a member of the selection panel'. The Japanese edition of Snakes and Earrings has since topped bestseller lists and sold over a million copies.

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