Memoirs of a Polar Bear

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Yoko Tawada

Narrated By: Christa Lewis, Paul Woodson

Publisher: Tantor Media

Date: March 2017

Duration: 8 hours 53 minutes


Memoirs of a Polar Bear has in spades what Rivka Galchen hailed in the New Yorker as 'Yoko Tawada's magnificent strangeness'-Tawada is an author like no other. Three generations (grandmother, mother, son) of polar bears are famous as both circus performers and writers in East Germany: they are polar bears who move in human society, stars of the ring and of the literary world. In chapter one, the grandmother matriarch in the Soviet Union accidentally writes a bestselling autobiography. In chapter two, Tosca, her daughter (born in Canada, where her mother had emigrated) moves to the DDR and takes a job in the circus. Her son-the last of their line-is Knut, born in chapter three in a Leipzig zoo but raised by a human keeper in relatively happy circumstances in the Berlin zoo, until his keeper, Matthias, is taken away . . .

Happy or sad, each bear writes a story, enjoying both celebrity and 'the intimacy of being alone with my pen.'


Memoirs of a Polar Bear

by Yoko Tawada

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Memoirs of a Polar Bear, Yoko Tawada