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Facing the Bridge

3.46 of 5 stars 3.46  ·  rating details  ·  26 ratings  ·  5 reviews
When he watched Michael Jackson's videos, every cell in Tamao's body started to seethe: he even felt his appearance begin to change. His friends all said plastic surgery was in bad taste. But didn't everyone harbor a secret desire for a new face? His own was as plain as a burlap sack, so he put it out of his mind and studied hard to compensate for how dull he looked. He to ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published May 17th 2007 by New Directions
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The author is interested in transitions and borders themselves, and did not want the title to reflect crossing a bridge, but instead facing the bridge and staring it down and refusing to cross. In Tawada's other books the characters often choose another possiblity instead of the obvious destination right in front of them. They are focusing on the actual process of difficult transitions and not transitions that are completed quickly and forgotten. I think that Tawada's writing is unique and inter ...more
Absolutely amazing! This book is comprised of three short stories and seems to be the perfect marriage of her two previous books translated into English from The Japanese and The German. The way Tawada intertwines issues of race, history, alienation, sexuality, with fable, myth, humor, and absurdity is sheer brillance. Although I wanted to read this slowly I couldn't help rushing through it because I simply couldn't put it down.

The afterword, written by the translator is surprisingly interestin
Jul 21, 2008 mika rated it 3 of 5 stars
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Tawada describes the construction of a "tourist race" - Japanese trying to class themselves apart from other Asians, in order to approach Whiteness.
With the other two stories, I'm not sure what she's ultimately trying to say or whether it works.
A peculiar book - very good, not Great, yet I got the rare feeling I often get with Gene Wolfe's fiction that there's a vital enigma in the work that I can barely make out the outlines of.
Andrew Vice
postmodernism pls go
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Yōko TAWADA (多和田葉子) is a Japanese writer who writes in Japanese and in German.

Yōko Tawada (多和田葉子 Tawada Yōko, born March 23, 1960) is a Japanese writer currently living in Berlin, Germany. She writes in both Japanese and German.

Tawada was born in Tokyo, received her undergraduate education at Waseda University in 1982 with a major in Russian literature, then studied at Hamburg University where she
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