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Memoirs of a Polar Bear

by Yoko Tawada

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A writer of scrupulous intensity.

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Memoirs of a Polar Bear stars three generations of talented writers and performers—who happen to be polar bears


Memoirs of a Polar Bear

by Yoko Tawada

translated from the German by Susan Bernofsky

Memoirs of a Polar Bear stars three generations of talented writers and performers. Famous stars of the literary world, the circus, and the zoo, they happen to be polar bears who move human society. In part one, the matriarch, enjoying "the intimacy of being alone with my pen," accidentally writes a bestselling autobiography in the Soviet Union. In part two, her daughter Tosca moves to East Germany and pioneers a thrilling circus act. And Tosca's son—the last of their line—is Knut, born in part three and raised by a human keeper in relatively happy circumstances in the Berlin zoo.

published November 8th, 2016