Yoko Tawada was born in 1960 in Tokyo, Japan, attended state schools in Tokyo and studied literature at the Waseda Private University. In 1979 she visited Europe for the first time via the Trans-Siberian Railway. She has lived in Germany since 1982, first in Hamburg and then in Berlin. She studied literature with Sigrid Weigel in Hamburg and received her doctorate from the University of Zurich. She writes in both Japanese and German. Tawada has won numerous literary awards, including the Akutagawa Prize, the Tanizaki Prize, the Noma Literary Prize, the Izumi Kyōka Prize for Literature, the Gunzo Prize for New Writers, the Goethe Medal, the Kleist Prize, and a National Book Award.
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