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Indian Summer by Kanai Mieko

155 Indian Summer
Tomoko AOYAMA and Barbara HARTLEY, trans.
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A New Japanese Horizons Series title.

Indian Summer (Koharu biyori) is a relatively short novel by KANAI Mieko (b. 1947) who has been recognized by critics both inside and outside Japan as one of the most important Japanese writers of recent decades. The work brilliantly demonstrates Kanai’s light-hearted wit in addition to her penchant for biting commentary on conservative elements in Japanese society. 

From the Introduction: The work of the brilliant contemporary Japanese author Kanai Mieko, surprisingly, has so far remained largely inaccessible to non-Japanese speaking readers, with the exception of one volume of linked short stories and several other short pieces. We have undertaken the translation of Indian Summer in the belief that it is important to redress this lacuna. Moreover, we believe that this is a novel which deserves to enter the global canon of girls' literature. ... Indian Summer is narrated by Momoko, who at the beginning of the novel is a nineteen-year-old university student living with her novelist aunt in Mejiro, Tokyo. ... Indian Summer is more about friendship than about romance, the latter appearing in this novel only in comic, parodic or satirical forms. | 176 pages


  • Introduction
  • 2  
  • Various Reflections on Dentists
  • 3
  • Under Surveillance
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • Bringing Up Baby
  • 10
  • Look-alikes
  • Even the President Changes Every Four Years
  • Dear Letters
  • Text and Texture
  • Flower Tales
  • 11
  • 12

Afterword | Afterword to the Paperback Edition

Author and Translators

  • KANAI Mieko is one of the most important Japanese writers of recent decades. Besides being a novelist, Kanai is an acclaimed essayist, film, literary critic, and poet.
  • Tomoko AOYAMA is Senior Lecturer at the School of Languages and Comparative Cultural Studies, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia.
  • Barbara HARTLEY is Senior Lecturer in Japanese Studies and Head of School of Asian Languages and Studies, University of Tasmania, Australia.

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