Yoko Tawada!

by on Oct.24, 2011

Amazing Japanese-German writer Yoko Tawada will give a lecture called “Adventures in Foreign Languages” at U of Notre Dame (McKenna Hall) on Wed, Oct 26, at 5-4:40. So if you’re in the area, be sure to stop by. If you’re a graduate student, you might also want to join her workshop on Thursday.

WED, OCT 25, 5:-6:30 PM, McKenna Auditorium:
5:00 – 6:30 Public Lecture: “Adventures of Foreign Languages / Abenteuer der Fremdsprachen / 外国語の冒険”

“I was born into Japanese the way one is thrown into a sack. That is why this language became for me my exterior skin. The German language, on the other hand. I swallowed whole and it has been sitting in my stomach ever since. ” (Yoko Tawada)

2 comments for this entry:
  1. adam strauss

    I love this: “The German language, on the other hand. I swallowed whole and it has been sitting in my stomach ever since. ”

    A friend of mine’s father told me (and his daughter) that Sanskrit is spoken from the stomach wich seems to sort of link-up with the above; I love the notion of speech/voice/language coming from the stomach–the gut–not the larynx. The Man Whose Larynx Is Bad indeed!

  2. Ken Chen

    Yoko Tawada is the godamn rip-snortingest mutherlivin best writer of all time. Maybe my favorite “undiscovered” contemporary foreign fiction writer right now.