Paul Celan and the Trans-Tibetan Angel

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About the Author

Born in Tokyo in 1960, Yoko Tawada writes in both Japanese and German: she has received the Akutagawa, Kleist, Lessing, Noma, Adelbert von Chamisso, and Tanizaki prizes, as well as the Goethe Medal. Her novel The Emissary won the National Book Award. Rivka Galchen in the New York Times Magazine hailed her work as "magnificently strange."
For New Directions, Susan Bernofsky has translated Yoko Tawada's Where Europe Begins, The Naked Eye, and Memoirs of a Polar Bear (winner of the Warwick Prize for Women in Translation), eight titles by the great Swiss-German modernist Robert Walser, and five books by Jenny Erpenbeck, including The End of Days (winner of the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize). She is the author of Clairvoyant of the Small: The Life of Robert Walser, and teaches at Columbia University, where she also directs the literary translation program.


The varied characters in Tawada's work--from different countries, of different sexes and species--are united by the quality that Walter Benjamin describes as 'crepuscular' 'None has a firm place in the world, or firm, inalienable outlines.'--Rivka Galchen "The New York Times Magazine"
Yoko Tawada conjures a world between languages. . . . She is a master of subtraction, whose characters often find themselves stripped of language in foreign worlds.--Julian Lucas "The New Yorker"
Tawada is interested in language at its most elusive or incomprehensible.--Natasha Wimmer "The New York Review of Books"