Yoko Tawada writes in both Japanese and German. She has lived in Hamburg for over ten years, received the prestigious Akutagawa Prize in Japan, and in Germany the Chamisso Prize (the highest honor for a foreign-born writer of German). She was writer in residence at MIT and has published several books in Japanese and German, including two plays performed on German and Austrian stages.
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Tawada, who writes both in her native language and in German (and has won literary prizes in both Japan and Germany), concentrates on the delusive nature of solitariness as felt by a woman interpreter in Germany possessed by the ghost of a suicide (in “The Bath”), and another woman (in “A Guest”...| Read Full Review of Where Europe Begins
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