Date(s) - 05/20/19
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Third Place Books Lake Forest Park


Join bookseller Jane to discuss Yoko Tawada’s celebrated novel The Emissary, a breathtakingly light-hearted meditation on mortality that fully displays what Rivka Galchen has called her “brilliant, shimmering, magnificent strangeness.”

Japan, after suffering from a massive irreparable disaster, cuts itself off from the world. Children are so weak they can barely stand or walk: the only people with any get-go are the elderly. Mumei lives with his grandfather Yoshiro, who worries about him constantly. They carry on a day-to-day routine in what could be viewed as a post-Fukushima time, with all the children born ancient—frail and gray-haired, yet incredibly compassionate and wise. Mumei may be enfeebled and feverish, but he is a beacon of hope, full of wit and free of self-pity and pessimism. Yoshiro concentrates on nourishing Mumei, a strangely wonderful boy who offers “the beauty of the time that is yet to come.”

Yoko Tawada–“strange, exquisite” (The New Yorker )–was born in Tokyo in 1960 and moved to Germany when she was twenty-two. She writes in both Japanese and German and has received the Akutagawa Prize, the Adelbert von Chamisso Prize, the Goethe Medal, and the Tanizaki Prize.

Recieve 20% off this title through May 20th. AUTHORS DO NOT ATTEND.