Tawada’s slender accounts of alienation achieve a remarkable potency. Each one sustains a masterly balance between the tenuous but meaningful connections of dreams and the direct, earthy storytelling of folk tales.

The New York Times

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.

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Paperback (published October 1, 2002)

ISBN
9780811217026
Price US
15.95
Trim Size
5x7
Page Count
224

Clothbound (published October 1, 2002)

ISBN
9780811215152
Price US
23.95
Trim Size
5x7
Page Count
224

Ebook (published October 1, 2002)

ISBN
9780811223515
Page Count
224

Yoko Tawada

Contemporary Japanese-German prose writer

Tawada’s slender accounts of alienation achieve a remarkable potency. Each one sustains a masterly balance between the tenuous but meaningful connections of dreams and the direct, earthy storytelling of folk tales.

The New York Times

Only the most profound reverence, I felt, could do justice to this writer and this work.

—Wim Wenders

An undeniably superb, even breathtaking short story collection about life spent in the in-between by the Japanese-born, German-domiciled, multi-dimensioned Tawada.

Asian Week

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

—Victor Pelevin