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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Portobello Books Ltd (2 Nov. 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846276322
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846276323
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.5 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 42,483 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Tawada's accounts of alienation achieve a remarkable potency' -- New York Times

'Memoirs of a Polar Bear [is] philosophical, political and often profound... rich in physical sensation and whimsy, yet the intense emotion and powerful sense of justice suggest Tawada believes that engagement is the most effective method of communicating the distorted mirror through which we look at the world' -- Irish Times

'Surreal and beguiling [Tawada] delicately explores the ambiguities of parental love, and the blurred lines between human and animal... Fizzing with ideas on exile, migration and love. It's funny and outrageous, questioning what it means to be human... the triptych as a whole dazzles. The final paragraph, swirling with memory and snow evokes the calm gravity of Joyce's ending to The Dead' -- Spectator

'A surreal exploration of the bear with us... A work that plays with the fantastical and allegorical, the polar bear ultimately becomes both the grandiose repository of human desires and a creature nestled among us... Tawada mine[s] the rich historical seam as [she] seeks to understand the bears in our mind. It seems to me that the worlds of anthropology and fiction aren't that far apart' -- New Statesman

'Hauntingly strange... enchanting... deliciously whimsical and playful... it's through the eyes of [Tawada's] polar bears that we see humanity most clearly' -- National
'A writer of scrupulous intensity' --Kirkus Reviews

'In chronicling three generations of uniquely talented polar bears, the fantastically gifted Yoko Tawada has created an unforgettable meditation on celebrity, art, incarceration, and the nature of consciousness. Tawada is, far and away, one of my favourite writers working today - thrilling, discomfiting, uncannily beautiful, like no one you have ever read before. Memoirs of a Polar Bear is Tawada at her best: humanity, as seen through the eyes of these polar bears, has never looked quite so stirringly strange' --Lauren van den Berg, author of Find Me

'Tawada's bears are embodiements of what it means to be a human being, full of wonder and curiosity, and desires limited by circumstances' -- Asian Review of Books

'Magnificent... A heartfelt read ****' -- Press Association

'Playful and fascinating... Sometimes funny, sometimes tragic, sometimes alienating, but always deeply intimate' -- 3AM Magazine

'Enchanting... [Tawada's] penetrating irony and deadpan surrealism fray our notions of home and combine to deliver another offbeat tale. An absorbing work from a fascinating mind' --Starred review, Kirkus --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

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 Kleist-Prize, the Adelbert von Chamisso Prize, the Tanizaki Prize, and the Goethe Medal. New Directions publishes her story collections Where Europe Begins (with a Preface by Wim Wenders) and Facing the Bridge, and her novel of Catherine Deneuve obsession, The Naked Eye.


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