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Memoirs of a polar bear / Yoko Tawada ; Translated from the German by Susan Bernofsky.

Author:
Tawada, Yōko, 1960- [Browse]
Uniform title:
Format:
Book
Language:
English
Published/​Created:
  • New York : New Directions Publishing Corporation, 2016.
  • ©2016
Description:
252 pages ; 21 cm
Summary note:
"The Memoirs of a Polar Bear is a novel that stars three generations of talented writers and performers who happen to be polar bears. The Memoirs of a Polar Bear has in spades what Rivka Galchen hailed in The New Yorker as "Yoko Tawada's magnificent strangeness"--Tawada is an author like no other. Three generations (grandmother, mother, son) of polar bears are famous, both as circus performers and writers in East Germany: they are polar bears who move in human society, stars of the ring and of the literary world. In Chapter One, the grandmother matriarch in the Soviet Union accidentally writes a bestselling autobiography. In Chapter Two, Tosca, her daughter (born in Canada, where her mother had emigrated) moves to the DDR and takes a job in the circus. Her son--the last of their line--is Knut, born in Chapter Three in a Leipzig zoo, but raised by a human keeper in relatively happy circumstances in the Berlin zoo, until his keeper, Matthias, is taken away... Happy or sad, each bear writes a story, enjoying both celebrity and "the intimacy of being alone with my pen.""-- Provided by publisher
Notes:
"A New Directions paperbook original."
Language(s):
Translated from the German.
Subject(s):
Form/​Genre:
Fiction.
ISBN:
  • 9780811225786 ((alk. paper))
  • 081122578X ((alk. paper))
  • ((ebook))
LCCN:
2016022379
OCLC:
940362017
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