Yoko Tawada

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Recessive, lunar beauty [with] a high sheen. Her language has never been so arresting—flickering brilliance.
— Parul Sehgal, The New York Times

Winner of the inaugural National Book Award for translated literature.

Yoko Tawada was born in Tokyo in 1960, moved to Hamburg when she was twenty-two, and then to Berlin in 2006. She writes in both Japanese and German, and has published several books—stories, novels, poems, plays, essays—in both languages. She has received numerous awards for her writing including the Akutagawa Prize, the Adelbert von Chamisso Prize, the Tanizaki Prize, the Kleist Prize, and the Goethe Medal.

New Directions publishes her story collections Where Europe Begins (with a Preface by Wim Wenders) and Facing the Bridge, as well her novels The Naked EyeThe Bridegroom Was a DogMemoirs of a Polar Bear, and The Emissary.

David Isaacson