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SOLO DANCE (working title)

Li Kotomi

  • Original Title: SOLO DANCE
  • Publication date: March 2017
  • Publisher: Kodansha
  • Country: TW
  • 186 print pages
  • Drama

Information

  • Epoch: Mixed
  • Time Period: 20th century, 21st century
  • Location setting: Australia, China, Japan, Taiwan, United States
  • Themes: FAMILY, Homosexuality, PEOPLE facing life, Reinventing oneself, Identity crisis, Coming of age, Looking back on one's life, Death, Resilience, Facing failure, SOCIETY DYSFUNCTIONS, Homophobia, SOCIAL CHRONICLES, Multiculturalism, Integration, LOVE / HATE, Destruction, Sex, Obsession, Amorous urge, CHARACTERS, Minorities

Pitch

Cho Norie is twenty-seven, Taiwanese, a long-term Tokyo resident. Hidden underneath her uncharacteristic existence are the important aspects of her life: her sexuality, history of depression, the violent attack that prompted her move to Japan, her unusual fascination with death.

Comments

SOLO DANCE won the runner-up prize of the Gunzo New Writers' Prize, the same prize won by many acclaimed Japanese writers including Murakami Haruki and Murakami Ryu

Described by the agent as "an Asian answer to THE END OF EDDY". It " depicts the painful coming-of-age of a gay person in Taiwan and the 'salaryman''s world in Japan. It pays tribute to Qiu Miaojin's cult classic NOTES OF A CROCODILE and reminds us of CONVENIENCE STORE WOMAN, in which the 'machine of society' at once comforts a wounded person but also suppresses human identities. But, above all, it is an intimate and powerful account of a person's search for hope after trauma and depression. It offers an important voice from Asia's millennial generation."

Translation rights sold: Taiwan

Born in Taiwan in 1989, Li Kotomi writes in, and translates between, Chinese and Japanese. She started to study Japanese at the age of 15. Since 2013, she has been living in Japan. In 2019, her novella, FIVE SECONDS' COUNTDOWN TO THE CRESCENT MOON, was shortlisted for the prestigious Akutagawa Prize in Japan.

Summary

Cho Norie is twenty-seven, Taiwanese, a long-term Tokyo resident. She works for a Japanese firm and commutes everyday as most Tokyoites. Hidden underneath her uncharacteristic existence, however, are the important aspects of her life: her sexuality, history of depression, the violent attack that prompted her move to Japan, the fact her name is one she chose herself, and her unusual fascination with death. Yet, the darkness of her past will eventually chase her across the sea, and she will have to either escape or confront.

An Asian answer to THE END OF EDDY, SOLO DANCE depicts the painful coming-of-age of a gay person in Taiwan and the 'salaryman's world' in Japan. It pays tribute to Qiu Miaojin's cult classic NOTES OF A CROCODILE and reminds us of CONVENIENCE STORE WOMAN, in which the 'machine of society' at once comforts a wounded person but also suppresses human identities. But, above all, it is an intimate account of a person's search for hope after trauma and depression. It offers an important voice from Asia's millennial generation.

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    Born in Taiwan in 1989, Li Kotomi writes in, and translates between, Chinese and Japanese. She started to study Japanese at the age of 15. Since 2013, she has been living in Japan. In 2017, her debut novel in Japanese, SOLO DANCE, won the runner-up prize of the Gunzo New Writers' Prize, the same prize won by many acclaimed Japanese writers including Murakami Haruki and Murakami Ryu. In 2019, her novella, FIVE SECONDS' COUNTDOWN TO THE CRESCENT MOON, was shortlisted for the prestigious Akutagawa Prize in Japan.