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Where Europe Begins

by Yoko Tawada

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A spectacular journey through a world of colliding languages and multiplying cities.

—Victor Pelevin

A gorgeous collection of fantastic and dreamlike tales by one of the world's most innovative contemporary writers


Where Europe Begins

Fiction by Yoko Tawada

translated from the German by Susan Bernofsky

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.

published October 1st, 2002
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