The Bridegroom Was a Dog

The Bridegroom Was a Dog

by Yoko Tawada, Margaret Mitsutani
     
 

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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,

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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 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.

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
From the Publisher
"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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780811220606
Publisher:
New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publication date:
11/27/2012
Series:
New Directions Pearls
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
64
File size:
133 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Yoko Tawada was born in Tokyo in 1960, moved to Hamburg when she was twenty-two, and then moved again to Berlin in 2006. She writes in both Japanese and German, and has received the Akutagawa Prize, the Adelbert von Chamisso Prize, the Tanizaki Prize, and the Goethe Medal.

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