Snakes and Earrings by Hitomi Kanehara
(translated from the Japanese by David James Karashima)
Winner of the Akutagawa Prize 2003
From the Publisher (Vintage): "A shocking and explicit story of obsessive love and Japanese youth counter-culture." This pretty much sums it up. A disturbing read but a perhaps rare glimpse into the dark side of a subculture of Tokyo youth, a world very foreign to me, of body modification, sex and violence.
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