Monday, February 15, 2010

Kawakami Mieko's Breasts and Eggs

This just in from Jill Mowbray:

Hi Beholdmyswarthyface,

So I've finally finished my exam. My interview is Monday, and hopefully after that I'll be an "actual" Masters student (finally).

Anyway, I've been meaning to contact you about your translation project. I noticed you suggested translating Chichi to ran (『乳と卵』, Breasts and Eggs) for Chin Music Press. I'm actually currently working on a translation of that novel, so if they are interested, I'd appreciate being put in contact with them.

Also, I saw the Neojaponisme review of the novel, and was wondering if they'd be interested in me doing a follow-up. I have some scattered notes I could fix up into an article.

Jill Mowbray


Sally Suzuki said...


Here's an article about Kawakami from the Christian Science Monitor.

Shibata-sensei is quoted in it, too.

Jill said...

Yeah, I saw that too~I like his quote about it being rap-like. The Kansaiben in her books is definitely kind of mesemerising like Rap can be.

W. David Marx said...

We should also talk about crossover ideas about this translation project and Neojaponisme. We'd be happy to publish translations — even maybe in actual print.

Beholdmyswarthyface said...


Thanks for the comment. Neojaponisme Publishing (if that's what you're thinking) sounds like a great idea. We could launch a major translation project: shorter works (essays, short stories, poetry) on the website; longer works (mainly novels) in print.

Look forward to discussing more.

Jill said...


Give me a week or so to organise some ideas and I will get back about a Chichi to Ran article. I have some ideas about a non-Takekurabe based analysis of it or alternatively, it could run in the direction of Chichi to her first full-length novel 'Heaven' as well.


Matt Treyvaud said...

Hell yeah, let's get her on board.

leila zoe tichy said...

hello everyone,
I´m not sure if this post is still active, but I´ll give it a try... I´m looking for a translation of chichi to ran, which is hard to find, (I only found the excerpt which was tanslated by louise heal kawai). I was wondering if you went on with your translation project?
I´m especially looking for the scene at the end, where midoriko and makiko throw eggs at each other. My japanese language skills are not good enough to be able to read the japanese version and I´m working on a project right now, in wich I use some szenes from osakan woman literature.

thank you for your help :)


『Behold My Swarthy Face。』 said...

good question; not sure; I did a quick Google search and nothing came up; I know that lots of her stuff has been translated, so there's got to be something out there for this novel as well. Best of luck! -R (@Swarthyface)