The Attraction of the Global Best-seller A Death in the Family: My Struggle (Book 1)
Knausgård ‘s cold and authoritarian father was always a distant presence. In his world-acclaimed autobiography, Knausgård captures frank family portraits and adolescent days, writing of the death ten years before of his cold, authoritarian father, a constant distant presence in his life. This is Knausgård’s first time to take to the stage in Japan and he will be joined by Akutagawa Prize winner Masatsugu Ono, whose themes also concentrate on family, to delve into the secret to this worldwide appeal.
A Special Conversation - The Pleasure of Overseas Literature (tentative title)
Natsuki Ikezawa and Hiromi Kawakami are current forces in modern Japanese literature. In this exciting session, these two writers will talk freely about the joys of international literature, from their favourite writers and how those works influenced their own writing to the international writers appearing at the festival, their works, and who they would like to see in the future. The moderator will be Russian scholar Mitsuyoshi Numano, also well-versed in international literature.
Host: Tokyo International Literary Festival Secretariat