Where Europe Begins by Yoko TawadaWhere Europe Begins by Yoko Tawada

Where Europe Begins

byYoko TawadaForeword byWim WendersTranslated byWim Selden

Paperback | April 24, 2007

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Chosen as a 2005 Times Literary Supplement Book of the Year, Where Europe Begins has been described by the Russian literary phenomenon Victor Pelevin as "a spectacular journey through a world of colliding languages and multiplying cities." In these stories' disparate settings—Japan, Siberia, Russia, and Germany—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. Through the timeless art of storytelling, Yoko Tawada discloses the virtues of bewilderment, estrangement, and Hilaritas: the goddess of rejoicing.
Yoko Tawada—“strange, exquisite” (The New Yorker )—was born in Tokyo in 1960 and moved to Germany when she was twenty-two. She writes in both Japanese and German and has received the Akutagawa Prize, the Adelbert von Chamisso Prize, the Goethe Medal, and the Tanizaki Prize.Susan Bernofsky is the acclaimed translator of Hermann Hesse, R...
Title:Where Europe BeginsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 7.01 × 5.01 × 0.59 inPublished:April 24, 2007Publisher:WW NortonLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0811217027

ISBN - 13:9780811217026


Rated 3 out of 5 by from Bizarre, unsettling, but powerful Tawada creates a story here that questions not only geographical boundaries but the very boundaries of the body.
Date published: 2017-01-29

Editorial Reviews

An undeniably superb, even breathtaking short story collection about life spent in the in-between by the Japanese-born, German-domiciled, multi-dimensioned Tawada. — Asian WeekTawada's slender accounts of alienation achieve a remarkable potency. Each one sustains a masterly balance between the tenuous but meaningful connections of dreams and the direct, earthy storytelling of folk tales.  — The New York TimesA spectacular journey through a world of colliding languages and multiplying cities. — Victor PelevinOnly the most profound reverence, I felt, could do justice to this writer and this work. — Wim WendersIn Tawada's work, one has the feeling of having wandered into a mythology that is not one's own. — Rivka Galchen (The New Yorker)