Next up in our literary travels: Yoko Tawada’s Memoirs of a Polar Bear, translated by Susan Bernofsky – a tremendous novel which won the first-ever Warwick Prize for Women in Translation.
In this masterful performance of ‘otherness,’ Tawada pushes us to feel the humming possibility between how things appear and what they could be.—Asymptote
Memoirs of a Polar Bear stars three generations of talented writers and performers, who happen to be polar bears. In part one, the matriarch, enjoying “the intimacy of being alone with my pen,” accidentally writes a bestselling autobiography in the Soviet Union. In part two, her daughter Tosca moves to East Germany and pioneers a thrilling circus act. And Tosca’s son—the last of their line—is Knut, born in part three and raised by a human keeper in relatively happy circumstances in the Berlin zoo.
“Memoirs of a Polar Bear hums with beautiful strangeness. Look at the animals we are. Look at is searching for love, for meaning, for our own true forms” – The New York Times
The reading group provides a free, friendly and gentle environment in which opinions are shared and new appreciations can be discovered. There is wine, curious minds and relaxed conversation. Come and join our warm bookish group – all are welcome.