A mini-epic of eco-terror, family drama and speculative fiction... a book unlike any other * Guardian * An open-hearted fable... Tawada's uber-isolationist neo-Japan is much less cute than Wes Anderson's. It's also much, much funnier * Financial Times * The Last Children of Tokyo has a recessive, lunar beauty... Arresting, with a flickering brilliance -- Parul Sehgal * International New York Times * Unsettling and enchanting, gentle and sharp-edged. Tawada writes beautifully about unbearable things -- Sara Baume, author of * A Line Made by Walking * One of the most thorough and convincingly conceived worlds I have read. The Last Children of Tokyo shows a land tottering on the brink of disaster but it is also a joyful exploration of language, a constantly surprising and exciting romp -- Daisy Johnson, author of * Fen * The Last Children of Tokyo carries us beyond the limits of what is it is to be human, in order to remind us of what we must hold dearest in our conflicted world, our humanity -- Sjn, author of * From the Mouth of the Whale * A convincing world-narrative that weaves together the beliefs of ancient Shintoism and contemporary politics, where transmutation between animals has become the norm -- Fi Churchman * Art Review * Poetic, strange and melancholy, Tawada's nuanced language demonstrates a tenderness and refinement that subtly counterbalances the novella's bleak subject matter... impressive -- Bryan Karetynk * TLS *
Born in Tokyo in 1960, Yoko Tawada moved to Germany in 1982 to study the poetry of Paul Celan. She alternates between writing in Japanese and German and her work has been awarded the most prestigious literary prizes in both countries, including the Akutagawa Prize, the Kleist Prize, the Adelbert von Chamisso Prize, the Tanizaki Prize, and the Goethe Medal. She is the author of stories, poems, plays, essays and novels, including Memoirs of a Polar Bear, for which she won the inaugural Warwick Prize for Women in Translation in 2017.