Writing the Cycles of Womanhood


Provocative with a generous dash of genius, Hiromi Ito gained prominence in the Japanese literary scene in the 1980s. Among her English readers, Ito is best known for her work, Killing Kanoko, where she, caught in the throes of deep postnatal depression, fantasised about killing her newborn. This November, she graces our shores at the George Town Literary Festival, which has yet again an impressive line-up of local and international writers and thinkers from over 20 countries. Unlike Japanese literary luminaries before her, Ito does away with flowery, descriptive language, preferring instead the use of colloquial words and a repetitive style that ...

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