“When Gregor Samsa woke one morning from troubled dreams, he found himself transformed right there in his bed into some sort of monstrous insect.”

- Franz Kafka, The Metamorphosis



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2015 Schlegel-Tieck Translation Prize

2015 Independent Foreign Fiction Prize

2015 Oxford-Weidenfeld Translation Prize

2015 Ungar Award for Literary Translation


The Memoirs of a Polar Bear by Yoko Tawada (New York: New Directions, Nov. 2016).


Looking at Pictures by Robert Walser (New York: Christine Burgin/New Directions, 2015).
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Nov. 3, 2016
Secrets, Not Code: On Robert Walser's Microscripts
Columbia University Book History Colloquium
Registration required
Butler Library, Rm. 523
6:00 p.m.

Nov. 15, 2016
Are We Nearly There Yet? Creative Writing and the Pursuit of Social Change
Conversation with 2016 Ingeborg Bachmann Prize winner Sharon Dodua Otoo
Austrian Cultural Forum
11 E. 52nd St.
7:30 p.m.

Dec. 7, 2016
Memoirs of a Polar Bear
Book launch event with Yoko Tawada
Goethe-Institut New York
30 Irving Place
7:00 p.m.