A fiction book recommendation: Memoirs of a Polar Bear by Yoko Tawada

A critic review (source NY Times) can be read at: http://nyti.ms/2stZBsC.
“Memoirs of a Polar Bear” hums with beautiful strangeness. Look at the animals we are. Look at us searching for love, for meaning, for our own true forms.
A critic review (source Kirkus) can be read at: http://bit.ly/2stq9uc.
Her penetrating irony and deadpan surrealism fray our notions of home and combine to deliver another offbeat tale. An absorbing work from a fascinating mind.

The book is rated 3.47/5 at goodreads.com, from 389 ratings. See 76 reader reviews at: http://bit.ly/2tMzMbd.

Book description from Google Books:
The Memoirs of a Polar Bear stars three generations of talented writers and performers—who happen to be polar bears The Memoirs of a Polar Bear has in spades what Rivka Galchen hailed in the New Yorker as “Yoko Tawada’s magnificent strangeness”—Tawada is an author like no other. Three generations (grandmother, mother, son) of polar bears are famous as both circus performers and writers in East Germany: they are polar bears who move in human society, stars of the ring and of the literary world. In chapter one, the grandmother matriarch in the Soviet Union accidentally writes a bestselling autobiography. In chapter two, Tosca, her daughter (born in Canada, where her mother had emigrated) moves to the DDR and takes a job in the circus. Her son—the last of their line—is Knut, born in chapter three in a Leipzig zoo but raised by a human keeper in relatively happy circumstances in the Berlin zoo, until his keeper, Matthias, is taken away… Happy or sad, each bear writes a story, enjoying both celebrity and “the intimacy of being alone with my pen.”


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