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Tawada, Yōko 1960-

Works: 279 works in 868 publications in 15 languages and 8,646 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Dystopian fiction  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Black humor  Short stories  Sound poetry  Conference papers and proceedings  Essays  Records and correspondence  Allegories 
Roles: Author, Creator, Contributor, Editor, Translator, Author of introduction, Interviewee, Other, Honoree, Performer
Classifications: PT2682.A87, 895.635
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Memoirs of a polar bear by Yōko Tawada( Book )

32 editions published between 2014 and 2018 in 7 languages and held by 822 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Memoirs of a Polar Bear is a novel that stars three generations of talented writers and performers who happen to be polar bears. The Memoirs of a Polar Bear has in spades what Rivka Galchen hailed in The New Yorker as "Yoko Tawada's magnificent strangeness"--Tawada is an author like no other. Three generations (grandmother, mother, son) of polar bears are famous, both as circus performers and writers in East Germany: they are polar bears who move in human society, stars of the ring and of the literary world. In Chapter One, the grandmother matriarch in the Soviet Union accidentally writes a bestselling autobiography. In Chapter Two, Tosca, her daughter (born in Canada, where her mother had emigrated) moves to the DDR and takes a job in the circus. Her son--the last of their line--is Knut, born in Chapter Three in a Leipzig zoo, but raised by a human keeper in relatively happy circumstances in the Berlin zoo, until his keeper, Matthias, is taken away ... Happy or sad, each bear writes a story, enjoying both celebrity and "the intimacy of being alone with my pen.""--
The emissary by Yōko Tawada( Book )

19 editions published between 2014 and 2018 in 3 languages and held by 717 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Japan, after suffering from a massive irreparable disaster, cuts itself off from the world. Children are so weak they can barely stand or walk: the only people with any get-go are the elderly. Mumei lives with his grandfather Yoshiro, who worries about him constantly. They carry on a day-to-day routine in what could be viewed as a post-Fukushima time, with all the children born ancient--frail and gray-haired, yet incredibly compassionate and wise. Mumei may be enfeebled and feverish, but he is a beacon of hope, full of wit and free of self-pity and pessimism. Yoshiro concentrates on nourishing Mumei, a strangely wonderful boy who offers "the beauty of the time that is yet to come."A delightful, irrepressibly funny book, The Emissary is filled with light. Yoko Tawada, deftly turning inside-out "the curse," defies gravity and creates a playful joyous novel out of a dystopian one, with a legerdemain uniquely her own
Where Europe begins by Yōko Tawada( Book )

8 editions published between 2002 and 2007 in English and held by 319 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In these stories' disparate settings - Japan, Siberia, Russia, and Germany - boundaries blur and shift between the physical and metaphysical, creating a fragmented world where a city or even the human body can become a sort of text. Suddenly, the reader becomes as much a foreigner as the author, or the figures that fill this book: the ghost of a burned woman, a traveler on the Trans-Siberian railroad, a mechanical doll, a tongue, a monk who leaps into his own reflection."--Jacket
The naked eye by Yōko Tawada( Book )

25 editions published between 2004 and 2016 in 5 languages and held by 318 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A young Vietnamese woman is invited to speak at an International Youth Conference in East Berlin. On her arrival, she is kidnapped to a small town on the other side of the Berlin Wall. There she falls under a strange spell of domestic-sexual boredom with her lover-abductor until one night she manages to escape on a train to Russia, but unexpectedly ends up in Paris. Alone, penniless, and in a completely foreign land, Anh (her false name) wanders on the fringes of society, meeting a prostitute, another Vietnamese immigrant, a theater troupe, and other shadowy figures. But at the center of her new life is Catherine Deneuve, the iconic film star who becomes the object of Anh's obsessions and fantasies. Crossing borders of language, country, ethnicity, sexuality, and art, The Naked Eye is a cinematic, incandescent novel that anticipates and embodies our twenty-first century nightmares and dreams."--Jacket
Portrait of a tongue : [an experimental translation] by Yōko Tawada( )

10 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 299 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Yoko Tawada's Portrait of a Tongue is a meditation on language and equivalence between German, Japanese, and English. Wright's experimental approach to the translation draws attention to the presence of the translator and her role in mediating Tawada's original reflection on language for an English-speaking audience
The sound of poetry, the poetry of sound by Marjorie Perloff( Book )

1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 264 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sound has been all but ignored in the current discourse about lyric forms. This collection of essays seeks to readdress the fundamental connections between poetry & sound - connections that go far beyond traditional metrical studies
Talisman by Yōko Tawada( Book )

33 editions published between 1996 and 2015 in 4 languages and held by 201 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Enth.: Das Wörterbuchdorf : Japanisch-Deutsch
The bridegroom was a dog by Yōko Tawada( Book )

21 editions published between 1993 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 196 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of sexual tales by a Japanese writer. The title story is on an affair between a woman and a man-dog, while The Gotthard Railway is on the adventures of a Japanese woman in Europe
Überseezungen by Yōko Tawada( Book )

25 editions published between 2002 and 2018 in German and held by 193 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Quer über die Welt geworfene Blicke und Laute, die Kommunikation in den verschiedensten Sprachen, "zwischen den Kulturen", mit Maschinen. Missverständnisse und Fehler ermöglichen neue Bedeutungen ... Der Autorin gelingt es mit ihrer pointierten Wahrnehmung, dass wir Leser nach der Lektüre die Welt um uns herum anders betrachten können
Schwager in Bordeaux : Roman by Yōko Tawada( Book )

14 editions published between 2008 and 2018 in German and French and held by 148 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Yuna, Japonaise venue étudier en Allemagne, réside à Hambourg. Lorsque son chat meurt, elle décide de changer d'horizon. Son amie Renée lui suggère un séjour à Bordeaux pour y apprendre le français. Accueillie par Maurice, le beau-frère de Renée, Yuna entame un voyage dans la ville et dans son passé, tel un itinéraire initiatique et une mise à l'épreuve
Poem for a book by Yōko Tawada( )

1 edition published in 2015 in Japanese and held by 138 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This pocket-sized paperback is one of the twenty-two titles published for 2015 Hong Kong International Poetry Nights. The theme of IPHHK2015 is "Poetry and Conflict". 21 international poets from 18 different places are invited to participate in recitations, symposia and sharing sessions of the Poetry Nights. A recitation focusing on 10 local Hong Kong poets, "Hong Kong Cantonese Poetry Night" is included. This collection seeks to make accessible the best of contemporary international poetry with outstanding translations
Opium für Ovid : ein Kopfkissenbuch von 22 Frauen by Yōko Tawada( Book )

16 editions published between 2000 and 2011 in German and Undetermined and held by 136 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Abenteuer der deutschen Grammatik : Gedichte by Yōko Tawada( Book )

11 editions published between 2010 and 2017 in German and held by 131 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Yoko Tawadas kleines und fein gestaltetes Gedichtbändchen ist so ein Buch, dessen Entdeckung lohnt. Tawada wirft einen Blick auf die deutsche Sprache, auf Wörter, Worte, Grammatik, Laute und Bedeutung, wie es nur jemand kann, der diese Sprache liebt, aber sie nicht als Muttersprache gelernt hat. Mit Sicherheit ist es auch der Blick der Japanerin, deren Sprache ein anderes grammatikalisches Regelwerk besitzt, bei dem es weder Artikel, Pluralformen noch Fälle gibt" (
Sprachpolizei und Spielpolyglotte by Yōko Tawada( Book )

14 editions published between 2007 and 2011 in German and held by 129 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Neue literarische Texte über Sprache, Dichtung, Alltag zwischen den Kulturen. Tawadas genauer Blick auf Sprache und Zwischentöne entlockt den Worten einen zauberhaften Sinn
Das Bad by Yōko Tawada( Book )

22 editions published between 1988 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 122 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Wo Europa anfängt by Yōko Tawada( Book )

17 editions published between 1991 and 2006 in 3 languages and held by 114 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Yōgisha no yakō ressha by Yōko Tawada( Book )

16 editions published between 2002 and 2016 in 4 languages and held by 111 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Les treize chapitres correspondent aux treize voitures à bord desquelles la narratrice, une chorégraphe de Hambourg, est montée à différents moments de son existence pour rejoindre des villes d'Europe et d'Asie. Mais le train ne mène jamais là où l'on pense arriver. La vie de la narratrice apparaît comme une savante chorégraphie qui l'éloigne toujours plus de ce que l'on croit être son identité
Yoko Tawada( Book )

3 editions published in 2011 in German and held by 107 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Vielleicht ist jedes Wort ein Musikinstrument", heißt es in einem Roman der deutsch-japanischen Autorin. Dieses Zitat kann als Schlüssel für die Literatur Tawadas gelesen werden, die in ihrer Prosa und Poesie ganz eigene Bilder zum Klingen bringt und der Sprache einen Körper verleiht. Yoko Tawada, die 1960 in Tokio geborene Schriftstellerin, lebt seit 1982 in Deutschland, wo sie Literaturwissenschaft studierte und bei Sigrid Weigel promovierte. Ihre - seit 1986 in Deutschland veröffentlichten - Texte schreibt Tawada auf Japanisch und Deutsch. Für ihre Werke in beiden Sprachen wurde sie mehrfach ausgezeichnet, in Deutschland u.a. 1996 mit dem Adelbert-von-Chamisso-Preis. Tawadas literarische Arbeit ist bestimmt von der Differenz der verschiedenen Kulturen und Sprachen und deren Schriftsystemen; den daraus erwachsenden "fremden Blick" macht die Autorin in ihren Essays und Gedichten (zuletzt "Abenteuer der deutschen Grammatik", 2010), ihrer Prosa (u.a. "Überseezungen", 2002) und ihren Theaterstücken auf einzigartige Weise produktiv. Der Band enthält neue unveröffentlichte Texte von Yoko Tawada. Mitarbeiter des Hefts sind Hannah Arnold, Corina Caduff, Hugo Dittberner, Hans Eichhorn, Sieglinde Geisel, Julia Genz, Barbara Köhler, Linda Koiran, Matthew Königsberg, Ilma Rakusa, Ferdinand Schmatz und Peter Waterhouse
Spielzeug und Sprachmagie in der europäischen Literatur : eine ethnologische Poetologie by Yōko Tawada( Book )

10 editions published between 1998 and 2000 in German and held by 103 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ein Gast by Yōko Tawada( Book )

10 editions published in 1993 in German and held by 94 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Where Europe begins
The naked eyeThe sound of poetry, the poetry of soundTalismanThe bridegroom was a dogFacing the bridgeYōko Tawada : voices from everywhereLiteratur ohne Grenzen : interkulturelle Gegenwartsliteratur in Deutschland : Porträts und Positionen
Alternative Names
Dawada, Yoko

Dawada, Yoko 1960-

Tavada, Ëko

Tavada, Ëko 1960-

Tawada Yoko

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Еко Тавада

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Тавада, Ёко

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