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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: New Directions (April 28 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811217396
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811217392
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.8 x 17.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 204 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #640,837 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“A distinguished contribution to the unique paranoid style of the new European novel.”

“Her finest stories dramatize the fate of the individual in a mobilized world.”

“Tawada’s chilling evocations of disorientation are the peers of Paul Bowles’ most chilling stories.”

“Honorable Mention: one of the 10 Best Books of 2009.”

About the Author

Susan Bernofsky is the acclaimed translator of Hermann Hesse, Robert Walser, and Jenny Erpenbeck, and the recipient of many awards, including the Helen and Kurt Wolff Prize and the Hermann Hesse Translation Prize. She teaches literary translation at Columbia University and lives in New York.

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The Naked Eye July 31 2009
By Francis Reynolds - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
In Yoko Tawada's The Naked Eye--translated from German earlier this year--a Vietnamese student travels to East Berlin to give a lecture on "Vietnam As a Victim of American Imperialism," only to be smuggled against her will to the other side of the Iron Curtain. She then tries to catch a train to Moscow but instead finds herself in Paris, alone and alienated by language, ideology, and ethnicity. Throughout all of these displacements, the student grows increasingly obsessed with Catherine Deneuve (to whom she refers throughout the novel in the second person), taking refuge in the darkness of half-empty cinemas to watch the actress's films over and over again. Tawada's novel doesn't hesitate to explore complex issues of identity and representation in an image-saturated world, but what has stayed with me the most is how her prose beautifully embodies her young character's fragile and preoccupied state of mind.
-From Guernica web magazine
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Identity Nov. 10 2011
By MiiMii - Published on Amazon.com
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This book turned out to be surprisingly good! I didnt have an idea what I was getting into as I never heard of this author before. I definitley recommend this book to literature lovers, or even to have something to look upon when looking at oneself in another shoes.

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