Mieko Kawakami was born in 1976 in Osaka. She started her career as a singer-songwriter, producing three albums. She then wrote a prose-poem. Her first novella My Ego Ratio, My Teeth, and the World won the Tsubouchi Shoyo Prize for Young Emerging Writers. She won the prestigious Akutagawa Prize for her next novella 乳と卵 (Breasts and Eggs). She has since published novels and stories. Her brother, Toshiaki Kawakami, is a rugby player.
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