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Where Europe Begins: Stories (New Directions Paperbook) (Paperback)

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By Yoko Tawada, Susan Bernofsky (Translator), Yumi Selden (Translator)
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Where Europe Begins presents a collection of startling new stories by Japanese writer Yoko Tawada. Moving through landscapes of fairy tales, family history, strange words and letters, dreams, and every-day reality, Tawada's work blurs divisions between fact and fiction, prose and poetry. Often set in physical spaces as disparate as Japan, Siberia, Russia, and Germany, these tales describe a fragmented world where even a city or the human body can become a sort of text. Suddenly, the reader becomes as much a foreigner as the author and the figures that fill this book: the ghost of a burned woman, a woman traveling on the Trans-Siberian railroad, a mechanical doll, a tongue, a monk who leaps into his own reflection. Tawada playfully makes the experience of estrangement--of a being in-between--both sensual and bewildering, and as a result practically invents a new way of seeing things while telling a fine story.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780811217026
ISBN-10: 0811217027
Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publication Date: May 17th, 2007
Pages: 224
Language: English
Series: New Directions Paperbook