The Bridegroom Was a Dog (Paperback)
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By Yoko Tawada, Margaret Mitsutani (Translator)
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This is a really little book with a story about a woman who meets a man who is a dog. He's not literally a canine though. Also it's not a metaphor or anything, calling the guy a dog. He’s not particularly mongrel-ish or super horny or whatever calling someone a dog might mean. He just kind of IS a dog, like, in his mind. It’s hard to explain, but it’s totally weird and great and more books like this should exist and you should read it, okay?

— From Clark


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.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780811220378
ISBN-10: 0811220370
Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publication Date: November 27th, 2012
Pages: 64
Language: English
Series: New Directions Pearls