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Memoirs of a Polar Bear
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Memoirs of a Polar Bear

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Author: Yoko Tawada
Publisher: New Directions, 2016
Original Japanese publication, 2011
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Genre: Fantasy
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Memoirs of a Polar Bear stars three generations of talented writers and performers?who happen to be polar bears.

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.


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Memoirs of a Polar Bear

- Ann Walker
  (5/3/2019)

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