Employing dazzlingly realised themes of light and emotional illumination, this lyrical, often shocking novel from the author of Breasts and Eggs and Heaven revolves around a proofreader in her mid-30s and a physics teacher who offers her a shot at salvation.
Shy, lonely and introverted Fuyuko lives alone and fills her days with her job as a freelance proofreader. About to turn thirty-five, she cannot imagine ever having any emotional or successful relationship in her life as it currently stands. She is regularly haunted by encounters of the past.
But Fuyuko loves the light and goes out on the night of her birthday, Christmas Eve, to count the lights. Her only friend, Hijiri, offers some light in her life, but it is a chance encounter with another man, Mr. Mitsutsuka, a physics teacher, who offers her access from another dimension to light.
Pulsing, poetic, modern and shocking, All The Lovers in The Night is the third novel from internationally bestselling author Mieko Kawakami.
Translated from the Japanese by Sam Bett and David Boyd.