Quotes by Banana Yoshimoto

"Sometimes people put up walls, not to keep others out, but to see who cares enough to break them down."

"That's the advantage of insomnia. People who go to be early always complain that the night is too short, but for those of us who stay up all night, it can feel as long as a lifetime. You get a lot done"

"Even when I try to stir myself up, I just get irritated because I can't make anything come out. And in the middle of the night I lie here thinking about all this. If I don't get back on track somehow, I'm dead, that's the sense I get. There isn't a single strong emotion inside me."

"As I grow older, much older, I will experience many things, and I will hit rock bottom again and again. Again and again I will suffer; again and again I will get back on my feet. I will not be defeated. I won't let my spirit be destroyed."

"No matter where you are, you're always a bit on your own, always an outsider."


Books by Banana Yoshimoto

  • Kitchen
  • 54,879 ratings
  • April 17th 2006 by Grove Press

    (first published January 30th 1988)

  • Asleep
  • 9,512 ratings
  • September 3rd 2001 by Faber & Faber

    (first published 1989)

  • The Lake
  • 8,721 ratings
  • May 3rd 2011 by Melville House

    (first published December 1st 2005)

  • N.P
  • 8,545 ratings
  • January 2007 by Grove Press

    (first published December 25th 1990)

  • Lizard
  • 6,209 ratings
  • August 31st 2001 by Faber & Faber

    (first published April 20th 1993)

  • Amrita
  • 5,478 ratings
  • September 3rd 2001 by Faber & Faber

    (first published 1994)

  • Moshi moshi
  • 3,461 ratings
  • June 2012 by Feltrinelli

    (first published 2010)

  • L'abito di piume
  • 1,398 ratings
  • 2007 by Feltrinelli

    (first published January 20th 2003)

Banana Yoshimoto
  • Banana Yoshimoto

  • Date of birth: July 24, 1964
  • Born: in Tokyo, Japan.

  • Description: Banana Yoshimoto (よしもと ばなな or 吉本 ばなな) is the pen name of Mahoko Yoshimoto (吉本 真秀子), a Japanese contemporary writer. She writes her name in hiragana. (See also 吉本芭娜娜 (Chinese).)Along with having a famous father, poet Takaaki Yoshimoto, Banana's sister, Haruno Yoiko, is a well-known cartoonist in Japan. Growing up in a liberal family, she learned the value of independence from a young age.She graduated from Nihon University's Art College, majoring in Literature. During that time, she took the pseudonym "Banana" after her love of banana flowers, a name she recognizes as both "cute" and "purposefully androgynous."Despite her success, Yoshimoto remains a down-to-earth and obscure figure. Whenever she appears in public she eschews make-up and dresses simply. She keeps her personal life guarded, and reveals little about her certified Rolfing practitioner, Hiroyoshi Tahata and son (born in 2003). Instead, she talks about her writing. Each day she takes half an hour to write at her computer, and she says, "I tend to feel guilty because I write these stories almost for fun."