Record of a Night Too Brief


One morning, a woman treads on a snake. She comes home that evening and realises the snake has moved into her house and is saying she is her mother. So begins the story of a woman trying to live with a snake, with herself – or perhaps with something else altogether. This volume includes the three stories ‘Tread on a Snake’, ‘Missing’ and ‘Record of a Night Too Brief’ which together won the Akitagawa Prize in 1996.

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Akutagawa Prize-winning stories about unsettling loss and romance from one of Japan’s most celebrated contemporary writers-for fans of Haruki Murakami and Banana Yoshimoto

In a dreamlike adventure, one woman travels through an apparently unending night with a porcelain girlfriend, mist-monsters and villainous monkeys; a sister mourns her invisible brother whom only she can still see, while the rest of her family welcome his would-be wife into their home; and an accident with a snake leads a shop girl to discover the snake-families everyone else seems to be concealing.

Sensual, yearning, and filled with the tricks of memory and grief, Record of a Night Too Brief is an atmospheric trio of unforgettable tales.

“Talking animals, transformations into trees and horses, and a melancholic mood of loss and love make it easy to see why Kawakami is one of the more exciting voices in contemporary Japanese literature.” -Thrillist

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Weight 0.147 kg
Dimensions 19.7 × 13 × 1.2 cm










895.636 (edition:23)


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