Scattered All Over the Earth

Yoko Tawada and Margaret Mitsutani

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Scattered All Over the Earth by Tawada, Yoko
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Welcome to the not-too-distant future: Japan, having vanished from the face of the earth, is now remembered as "the land of sushi." Hiruko, its former citizen and a climate refugee herself, has a job teaching immigrant children in Denmark with her invented language Panska (Pan-Scandinavian): "homemade language. no country to stay in. three countries I experienced. insufficient space in brain. so made new language. homemade language."

As she searches for anyone who can still speak her mother tongue, Hiruko soon makes new friends. Her troupe travels to France, encountering an umami cooking competition; a dead whale; an ultra-nationalist named Breivik; unrequited love; Kakuzo robots; red herrings; uranium; an Andalusian matador. Episodic and mesmerizing scenes flash vividly along, and soon they're all next off to Stockholm.

With its intrepid band of companions, Scattered All Over the Earth (the first novel of a trilogy) may bring to mind Alice's Adventures in Wonderland or a surreal Wind in the Willows, but really is just another sui generis Yoko Tawada masterwork.



Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation
Published: 03/01/2022
Pages: 256
Weight: 0.5lbs
Size: 8.00h x 5.10w x 0.60d
ISBN: 9780811229289


Award: Kirkus Prize - Finalist
Award: National Book Awards - Finalist


Review Citation(s):
Foreword 12/27/2021
Publishers Weekly 01/10/2022
Publishers Weekly 01/17/2022 pg. 43
Booklist 02/01/2022 pg. 19
Library Journal 12/09/2022 pg. 1

About the Author
Tawada, Yoko: - 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.Mitsutani, Margaret: - Margaret Mitsutani is a translator of Yoko Tawada (sharing her National Book Award) and Kenzaburo Oe (Japan's 1994 Nobel Prize laureate).