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Yoko Tawada

Portrait of author Yoko Tawada

Yoko Tawada

Yoko Tawada was born in Tokyo in 1960, and has been living in Germany since the early 1980s. She is well known as an exophonic writer—one who writes outside of her native language. She has received multiple literary prizes for her writing both in Japanese and in German, including the National Book Award for The Emissary in 2018.

Articles by Yoko Tawada

Mihama Nuclear Power Plant
Alpsdake, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons
The Far Shore
By Yoko Tawada
In Yoko Tawada's dystopian tale, the entire Japanese archipelago is rendered uninhabitable when a fighter plane piloted by a teenager loses control and crashes into a recently reactivated nuclear plant.
Translated from Japanese by Jeffrey Angles
Hair Tax
By Yoko Tawada
One day a group of tax agents announced that according to the new law, women would be required to pay tax on their legs if they had hair on them.
Translated from German by Susan Bernofsky