The Bridegroom Was a Dog

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Internationally acclaimed author Yoko Tawada's most famous — and bizarre — tale in a stand-alone, New Directions Pearl edition.The Bridegroom Was a Dog is perhaps the Japanese-German writer Yoko Tawada’s most famous story. Its initial publication in 1998 garnered admiration from The New Yorker, who praised it as, “fast-moving, mysteriously compelling tale that has the dream quality of Kafka.”The Bridegroom Was a Dog begins with a schoolteacher telling a fable to her students. In the fable, a princess promises her...

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Overview

Internationally acclaimed author Yoko Tawada's most famous — and bizarre — tale in a stand-alone, New Directions Pearl edition.The Bridegroom Was a Dog is perhaps the Japanese-German writer Yoko Tawada’s most famous story. Its initial publication in 1998 garnered admiration from The New Yorker, who praised it as, “fast-moving, mysteriously compelling tale that has the dream quality of Kafka.”The Bridegroom Was a Dog begins with a schoolteacher telling a fable to her students. In the fable, a princess promises her hand in marriage to a dog that has licked her bottom clean. The story takes an even stranger twist when that very dog appears to the schoolteacher in real life as a dog-like man. They develop a very sexual, romantic courtship with many allegorical overtones — much to the chagrin of her friends.

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Editorial Reviews

Ben Greenman
Tawada's fiction is an acquired taste. -- Time Out New York
Michael Porter
Each [story] sustains a masterly balance between the tenuous but meaningful connections of dreams and the direct, earthy storytelling of folk tales. -- The New York Times Book Review
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"Three fast-moving, mysteriously compelling tales... [that have] the dream quality of Kafka." -New Yorker

"A series of misadventures, at once hilarious and menacing." -Village Voice

"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 fold tales." -The New York Times

"A surrealist with a funky, abrasive sense of humor." -Kirkus Reviews

"A refreshing appetite for mischief." -Los Angeles Times

"Funny and audacious." -Booklist

"As in a novel by Jules Verne, fantastic new spaces keep opening up before your inner eye." -WimWenders

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780811220378
  • Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 11/27/2012
  • Pages: 60
  • Sales rank: 799,086
  • Product dimensions: 4.50 (w) x 6.80 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Yoko Tawada (March 23, 1960 - Present) is a Japanese writer currently living in Hamburg, Germany. She was born in Tokyo, received her undergraduate education at Waseda University in 1982 with a major in Russian literature, then studied at Hamburg University where she received a master's degree in contemporary German literature. She received her doctorate in German literature at the University of Zurich. In 1987 she published A Void Only Where You Are, a collection of poems in a German and Japanese bilingual edition. Tawada's Missing Heels received the Gunzo Prize for New Writers in 1991, and The Bridegroom Was a Dog received the Akutagawa Prize in 1993. In 1999 she became writer-in-residence at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for four months. Her Suspect on the Night Train won the Tanizaki Prize and Ito Sei Literary Prize in 2003. Tawada received the Adelbert von Chamisso Prize in 1996, and the Goethe Medal in 2005.

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Table of Contents

The Bridegroom Was a Dog 7
Missing Heels 63
The Gotthard Railway 129
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