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Where Europe Begins: Stories

Condition: BRAND NEW
ISBN: 9780811217026
Author(s): Yoko Tawada
Format: Paperback
Year: 2007
Edition: 1st
Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation
Dimensions: 124 x 171 x 16 (w x l x h)
Pages: 208
Series: New Directions Paperbook

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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.

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