Memoirs of a Polar Bear Yoko Tawada

Memoirs of a Polar Bear

Author: Yoko Tawada
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Book Title
Memoirs of a Polar Bear
Author
Yoko Tawada
ISBN
9780811225786
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 as both 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."Binding Type: PaperbackAuthor: Yoko TawadaPublisher: New Directions Publishing CorporationPublished: 11/08/2016ISBN: 9780811225786Pages: 288Weight: 0.60lbsSize: 7.90h x 5.30w x 0.70dReview Citations: Kirkus Reviews 01/01/0001Publishers Weekly 09/05/2016Kirkus Reviews 09/01/2016Library Journal 10/01/2016 pg. 72Booklist 11/01/2016 pg. 26

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 as both 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."



Binding Type: Paperback
Author: Yoko Tawada
Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation
Published: 11/08/2016
ISBN: 9780811225786
Pages: 288
Weight: 0.60lbs
Size: 7.90h x 5.30w x 0.70d

Review Citations: Kirkus Reviews 01/01/0001
Publishers Weekly 09/05/2016
Kirkus Reviews 09/01/2016
Library Journal 10/01/2016 pg. 72
Booklist 11/01/2016 pg. 26

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 as both 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."



Binding Type: Paperback
Author: Yoko Tawada
Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation
Published: 11/08/2016
ISBN: 9780811225786
Pages: 288
Weight: 0.60lbs
Size: 7.90h x 5.30w x 0.70d

Review Citations: Kirkus Reviews 01/01/0001
Publishers Weekly 09/05/2016
Kirkus Reviews 09/01/2016
Library Journal 10/01/2016 pg. 72
Booklist 11/01/2016 pg. 26