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Memoirs of a Polar Bear (Paperback)

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By Yoko Tawada, Susan Bernofsky (Translator)
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November 2019 Schlafly Library Global Reads Book Discussion group selection

— From Schlafly Library Global Reads Discussion Group


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."

Product Details
ISBN: 9780811225786
ISBN-10: 081122578X
Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publication Date: November 8th, 2016
Pages: 288
Language: English