From the memoirs of a family of polar bears to a dystopian Tokyo where the old live longer while the young deteriorate, the surreal worlds of Yoko Tawada probe the boundaries of reality and language.
The 58-year-old was born in Japan, but has lived most of her adult life in Germany, after she moved to Hamburg for an internship and decided to stay on and find out what it was like "to live in a second language".
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