Dr Sally Breen is the author of The Casuals (2011) winner of the Varuna Harper Collins Manuscript Prize and Atomic City (2013) shortlisted for the People’s Choice Book of the Year QLD Literary Awards 2014. Her short form creative and non-fiction work has been published widely with features in Griffith Review, Meanjin, The Guardian London, Overland, The Age, Review of Australian Fiction, Best Australian Stories, The Conversation, Hemingway Shorts, TEXT and The Asia Literary Review. Dr Breen is a Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at Griffith University and Executive Director of Asia Pacific Writers and Translators.
All essays by Sally Breen
by Sayaka Murata translated from Japanese by Tapley Takemori
Published September 2020
Of Darkness and Stars
Japanese author Sayaka Murata erupted onto the world stage in 2016 with the release of Convenience Store Woman, a novel which sold over a 1.4 million copies. As is often the case with non-Western authors who achieve sudden global recognition, the depth and breadth of her oeuvre was downplayed in favour of a narrative of overnight success. Easier to sell the story of an unknown author who has walked out of a vacuum and just begun.