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Scattered All Over the Earth


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A mind-expanding, cheerfully dystopian novel about friendship, difference, and what it means to belong, by a National Book Award-winning novelist

About the Author

YOKO TAWADA was born in Tokyo in 1960, moved to Hamburg when she was twenty-two, and then to Berlin in 2006. She writes in both Japanese and German and has received the Akutagawa, Lessing, Kleist, Noma, Adelbert von Chamisso and Tanizaki prizes as well as the Goethe Medal. In 2018 her novel The Emissary won the National Book Award.

MARGARET MITSUTANI is a translator of Yoko Tawada and Kenzaburo Oe (Japan's 1994 Nobel Prize laureate).


Tawada writes beautifully about unbearable things
*Sara Baume, author of Spill Simmer Falter Wither*

Magnificently strange

Every Yoko Tawada novel pulls the ground out from under us, but gives us new senses in return. Scattered All Over the Earth, a novel of created, found, remembered and possible languages - of what lies at the very heart of listening - is that rare work of art: something entirely new in the world
*Madeleine Thien, author of Do Not Say We Have Nothing*

Tawada writes lightly about serious matters in this memorable, magical tale

Tawada has certainly achieved the goal of highlighting the arbitrariness or even meaninglessness of borders, nations and fixed identities, and of holding up the inequalities of western immigration policies to scrutiny. The craftmanship of Scattered All Over the Earth is impeccable and every bit as inventive as fans of Yoko Tawada's work have come to expect

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