Scattered All Over the Earth


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New Directions Publishing Corporation
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5.1 X 8.0 X 0.6 inches | 0.5 pounds

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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."
Margaret Mitsutani is a translator of Yoko Tawada (sharing her National Book Award) and Kenzaburo Oe (Japan's 1994 Nobel Prize laureate).


Magnificently strange. Tawada is reminiscent of Nikolai Gogol, for whom the natural situation for a ghost story was a minor government employee saving up to buy a fancy coat, the natural destiny of a nose to haunt its owner as an overbearing nobleman.--Rivka Galchen "New York Times Magazine"
Tawada's strange, exquisite book toys with ideas of language, identity, and what it means to own someone else's story or one's own.-- "The New Yorker"
Tawada's stories agitate the mind like songs half remembered or treasure boxes whose keys are locked within.-- "The New York Times"
Wonderful--what is truly affecting is Tawada's language, which jumps off the page and practically sings.--Juan Vidal "NPR"
Threats abound--a changing climate, terrorism, and hostile political structures create danger and uncertainty--but these characters carry within themselves the seeds of a possible new world. Yoko Tawada's Scattered All Over the Earth is a cheerful dystopian novel that celebrates inventiveness, possibilities, and human connections.-- "Foreword Reviews"
Tawada expands upon the themes of language, immigration, globalization, and authenticity which underpin this slyly humorous first installment of a planned trilogy.-- "Kirkus, Starred Review"
Tawada slyly interrogates shifting (disappearing) borders and populations, native (invented) identities, assumptions, and adaptations. Her most frequent translator, Mitsutani, brilliantly ciphers Tawada's magnificently inventive wordplay.-- "Booklist"