By Mieko Kanai
Housewife Natsumi leads a small, unremarkable life in aÂ modern Tokyo apartment with her husband and two sons:Â she does the laundry, goes on trips to the supermarket,Â visits friends and gossips with neighbours. Tracing herÂ conversations and interactions with her family and friendsÂ as they blend seamlessly into her own infernally buzzingÂ internal monologue,Â Mild VertigoÂ explores the dizzyingÂ reality of being unable to locate oneself in the endlessÂ stream of minutiae that forms a lonely life confined to aÂ middle-class home, where both everything and nothingÂ happens. With shades of Clarice Lispector, Elena FerranteÂ and Lucy Ellmann, this verbally acrobatic novel by theÂ esteemed novelist, essayist and critic Mieko Kanai â€“ whoseÂ work enjoys a cult status in Japan â€“ is a disconcerting andÂ radically imaginative portrait of selfhood in late-stageÂ capitalist society.
Published by Fitzcoraldo Editions.