The Bridegroom Was a Dog (New Directions Pearls) (Paperback)

By Yoko Tawada, Margaret Mitsutani (Translator)

New Directions Publishing Corporation, 9780811220378, 64pp.

Publication Date: November 27, 2012

Other Editions of This Title:
Hardcover (9/1/1998)

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The Bridegroom Was a Dog is perhaps the Japanese-German writer Yoko Tawada's most famous story. Its initial publication in 1998 garnered admiration from The New Yorker, who praised it as, "fast-moving, mysteriously compelling tale that has the dream quality of Kafka."

The Bridegroom Was a Dog begins with a schoolteacher telling a fable to her students. In the fable, a princess promises her hand in marriage to a dog that has licked her bottom clean. The story takes an even stranger twist when that very dog appears to the schoolteacher in real life as a dog-like man. They develop a very sexual, romantic courtship with many allegorical overtones -- much to the chagrin of her friends.