Tawada’s strange, exquisite book toys with ideas of language, identity, and what it means to own someone else’s story or one’s own.
The New Yorker

A mind-expanding, cheerfully dystopian new novel by Yoko Tawada, winner of the National Book Award

Available March 1, 2022

Scattered All Over the Earth

Fiction by Yoko Tawada

Translated from the Japanese by Margaret Mitsutani

Welcome to the not-too-distant future: Japan, having vanished from the face of the earth, is now remembered as “the land of sushi.” Hiruko, its former citizen and a climate refugee herself, has a job teaching immigrant children in Denmark with her invented language Panska (Pan-Scandinavian): “homemade language. no country to stay in. three countries I experienced. insufficient space in brain. so made new language. homemade language.”

As she searches for anyone who can still speak her mother tongue, Hiruko soon makes new friends. Her troupe travels to France, encountering an umami cooking competition; a dead whale; an ultra-nationalist named Breivik; unrequited love; Kakuzo robots; red herrings; uranium; an Andalusian matador. Episodic and mesmerizing scenes flash vividly along, and soon they’re all next off to Stockholm.

With its intrepid band of companions, Scattered All Over the Earth (the first novel of a trilogy) may bring to mind Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland or a surreal Wind in the Willows, but really is just another sui generis Yoko Tawada masterwork.

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Paperback (published March 1, 2022)

ISBN
9780811229289
Price US
16.95
Trim Size
5x8
Page Count
256

Ebook (published March 1, 2022)

ISBN
9780811229296

Yoko Tawada

Contemporary Japanese-German prose writer

Tawada’s strange, exquisite book toys with ideas of language, identity, and what it means to own someone else’s story or one’s own.
The New Yorker
Magnificently strange.
—Rivka Galchen, New York Times Magazine
Wonderful—what is truly affecting is Tawada’s language, which jumps off the page and practically sings.
—Juan Vidal, NPR