Yoko Tawada  

(1960-)JAPAN

Yoko Tawada was born in Tokyo in 1960. She was educated at Waseda University and has lived in Germany since 1982, where she received her Ph.D. in German literature. She writes in both German and Japanese and was awarded the prestigious Akutagawa Prize for her short story “The Bridegroom Was a Dog.” In 1996, she won the Adalbert-von-Chamisso Prize. She also received the Goethe-Medal, an official decoration of the Federal Republic of Germany. English translations of her poetry include The Bridegroom Was a Dog (Kodansha International 1999), Where Europe Begins (New Directions, 2002), Facing the Bridge (New Directions, 2007), and The Naked Eye (New Directions, 2009).

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