SnakeS aNd EaRrings

In Literature on November 12, 2008 at 9:57 am

419316pc61l_sl500_aa240_The Akutagawa Prize for literature in 2003 went to Hitomi Kanehara for her brilliant work, Snakes and Earrings.  The Japanese novel explores the story of a young woman intrigued by the ideas of body modification.  The nineteen year old Lui, named after the notable fashion designer Louis Vuitton, hates the label “barbie girl” and feels that gaging her ears will change the stigma she abhors.  This leads to other piercings and after meeting Ama, decides to split her tongue.  

Snakes and Earrings is a story of reinvention, of finding the place where pain and pleasure collide, of right and wrongs stormy embrace.  Translated into english by David Karashima, this international bestseller is a raw and graphic search for emotional and physical connection with an exceptional ending.


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