The Bridegroom Was A Dog by Yoko TawadaThe Bridegroom Was A Dog by Yoko Tawada

The Bridegroom Was A Dog

byYoko Tawada

Paperback | November 27, 2012

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The Bridegroom Was a Dog is perhaps the Japanese-German writer Yoko Tawada’s most famous story. Its initial publication in 1998 garnered admiration from The New Yorker, who praised it as, “fast-moving, mysteriously compelling tale that has the dream quality of Kafka.”

The Bridegroom Was a Dog begins with a schoolteacher telling a fable to her students. In the fable, a princess promises her hand in marriage to a dog that has licked her bottom clean. The story takes an even stranger twist when that very dog appears to the schoolteacher in real life as a dog-like man. They develop a very sexual, romantic courtship with many allegorical overtones — much to the chagrin of her friends.

Margaret Mitsutani has also translated Japan’s 1994 Nobel Prize laureate Kenzaburo Oe.
Title:The Bridegroom Was A DogFormat:PaperbackDimensions:64 pages, 7 × 4.5 × 0.21 inPublished:November 27, 2012Publisher:WW NortonLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0811220370

ISBN - 13:9780811220378