Mild Vertigo

Mieko Kanai, Polly Barton (trans.)

Mild Vertigo
Format
Paperback
Publisher
Fitzcarraldo Editions
Country
United Kingdom
Published
21 June 2023
Pages
190
ISBN
9781804270387

Mild Vertigo

Mieko Kanai, Polly Barton (trans.)

Housewife Natsumi leads a small, unremarkable life in a modern Tokyo apartment with her husband and two sons:she does the laundry, goes on trips to the supermarket, visits friends and gossips with neighbours. Tracing the conversations and interactions she has with her family and friends as they blend seamlessly into her internal monologue, Mild Vertigo explores the dizzying reality of being unable to locate oneself in the endless stream of minutiae that forms a lonely life confined to a middle-class home, where both everything and nothing happens.

With shades of Clarice Lispector, Elena Ferrante and Lucy Ellmann, this verbally acrobatic novel by the esteemed novelist, essayist and critic Mieko Kanai - whose work enjoys a cult status in Japan - is a disconcerting and radically imaginative portrait of selfhood in late-stage capitalist society.

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