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  • Love at Six Thousand Degrees

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Love at Six Thousand Degrees

by Maki Kashimada.

Translated from Japanese by Haydn Trowell.

  • £14.99
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  • Paperback published on 17/01/2024
  • Page count: 128 pages
  • ISBN: 9781787704954
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Quick take

An unsettling love story set in Japan and grounded on the traumas of history.


An ordinary housewife finds herself haunted by visions of a mushroom cloud. She abruptly leaves her husband and son to travel alone to the city of Nagasaki, where she soon begins an affair with a young half-Russian, half-Japanese man.

Inspired by Marguerite Duras’s screenplay for “Hiroshima, Mon Amour,” this novel showcases Kashimada’s distinctive literary style and technique, and her commitment to plumbing the depths of her characters’psychology. Dealing with the travails and traumas of history, with gendered identity, with the tension between private and public selves, Love at Six Thousand Degrees is a distinctive and intriguing novel by one of Japan’s most unique contemporary authors.

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About the author

Maki Kashimada is a Japanese writer. She has won the Bungei Prize, the Mishima Yukio Prize, the Noma Literary Prize, and the Akutagawa Prize.

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