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Memoirs of a Polar Bear

Yoko Tawada, Paul Woodson (Narrated by), Christa Lewis (Narrated by)


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Other Editions of This Title:
Digital Audiobook (3/13/2017)
Paperback (11/8/2016)
Compact Disc (3/14/2017)


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.

Tantor Audio, 9781541450233

Publication Date: March 14, 2017