The Bridegroom Was a Dog
The Bridegroom Was a Dog
A Novel
Yoko Tawada

Translated by Margaret Mitsutani

There is a surreal bawdiness that gives this strange little story the feel of an erotic folk tale. It's easy to get lost in the playful and mischievous world that Tawada develops. —Recommended by Luke, City Lights Books

Internationally acclaimed author Yoko Tawada's most famous — and bizarre — tale in a stand-alone, New Directions Pearl edition.

The Bridegroom Was a Dog is perhaps the Japanese-German writer Yoko Tawada's most famous story. Its initial publication in 1998 garnered admiration from The New Yorker, who praised it as, "fast-moving, mysteriously compelling tale that has the dream quality of Kafka."

The Bridegroom Was a Dog begins with a schoolteacher telling a fable to her students. In the fable, a princess promises her hand in marriage to a dog that has licked her bottom clean. The story takes an even stranger twist when that very dog appears to the schoolteacher in real life as a dog-like man. They develop a very sexual, romantic courtship with many allegorical overtones — much to the chagrin of her friends.

Title The Bridegroom Was a Dog
Subtitle A Novel
Author Yoko Tawada
Translated by Margaret Mitsutani
Publisher New Directions
Title First Published 15 November 2012
Format Paperback
Nb of pages 60 p.
ISBN-10 0811220370
ISBN-13 9780811220378
Publication Date 15 November 2012
Main content page count 60
Weight 16 oz.
List Price $10.95

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