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Her work has been translated into more than a dozen languages worldwide. Kanehara was born in Tokyo , Japan. During elementary school she spent a year in San Francisco with her father. Her father, Mizuhito Kanehara , a literary professor and translator of children's literature , continued to support her. She wrote her first novel, Hebi ni piasu Snakes and Earrings , at the age of Kanehara's novel Autofiction , with a story that unfolds in reverse chronological order , was published in Japan in In an English version of Autofiction , translated by David James Karashima, was published by Vintage Books under the same name,  and her novel Haidora Hydra appeared in print in Japan.
A film adaptation of Hebi ni piasu , directed by Yukio Ninagawa and starring Yuriko Yoshitaka in the lead role, premiered in When the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster occurred in , Kanehara left Tokyo for Okayama out of concerns about the effects of radiation on her children. She currently resides in France with her husband and two daughters. Kanehara's early work is known for its graphic depictions of sexual activity , violence , body modification , pedophilia , anorexia , bulimia , and self-harm.
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Kanehara Hitomi , born Aug. Kanehara temporarily stopped going to elementary school, and as a teenager she attempted suicide by cutting her wrists. Kanehara eventually dropped out of high school , though she continued to write. The novel won the Subaru literary award in Japan and went on to sell more than a million copies. When the literary magazine Bungei Shinju featured both novels in early , it sold more than 1.
H itomi Kanehara, 21, sits on the edge of a leather sofa in a Tokyo hotel, long legs evident in a pleated schoolgirlish skirt. Sheeny hair frames a startlingly pretty, childish face and an expression of sweet innocence. You could be excused, then, for viewing Kanehara as the embodiment of all those enduring male fantasies of what makes the ideal Japanese woman: naive submissiveness, ornate femininity and girlish sexuality. It is a view that alters rapidly when you read Kanehara's first novel, Snakes and Earrings, a bestseller in her native Japan that has shocked the country with its violent and graphic opposition to the traditional cultural expectations of how Japanese women should be. Kanehara is part of a burgeoning subculture of contemporary women expressing the same loud, emphatic message through fashion, graphics, comics, subversive graffiti, photography and fiction. It underscores a growing generational divide, a significant shift in values and attitudes. Snakes and Earrings, which won the prestigious Akutagawa literary prize in Japan and is published here this week, is a visceral, gut-churning tale about Lui, a young, beautiful woman whose desire for ever more extreme body piercing, tattoos and violent masochistic sex leads her on a picaresque descent into a deadly, nihilistic world.
Rin is flying back from her honeymoon. She's madly in love with her husband, Shin, and the future looks rosy. Then Shin disappears to the bathroom while he thinks Rin is sleeping and she starts to imagine that he has gone to seduce the flight attendant. As her thoughts spiral out of control the phrase 'madly in love' takes on a more sinister meaning. Prizewinning author Hitomi Kanehara's sensational novel, Autofiction , follows Rin's life backwards through time from this moment so that we see her when she is eighteen, sixteen and finally fifteen, and a picture of the dark heart and violent past of this disturbed young woman gradually develops. Hitomi Kanehara is a young Japanese writer who left school at the age of eleven.
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Her work has been translated into more than a dozen languages worldwide. Kanehara was born in Tokyo , Japan. During elementary school she spent a year in San Francisco with her father. Her father, Mizuhito Kanehara , a literary professor and translator of children's literature , continued to support her. She wrote her first novel, Hebi ni piasu Snakes and Earrings , at the age of