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Tue, Mar 12

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Virtual, via Google Meet

Nordic Book Club, March 2024

Nordic Book Club, March 2024
Nordic Book Club, March 2024

Time & Location

Mar 12, 2024, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM CDT

Virtual, via Google Meet

About the Event

Join us in March as we read Scattered All Over the Earth, by Japanese author Yoko Tawada, about a dystopian future where a climate disaster creates an interesting social situation in Scandinavia.

From the publisher:

In Scattered All Over the Earth, the mind-expanding, cheerfully dystopian new novel by Yoko Tawada, the world's climate disaster and its attendant refugee crises are viewed through the loving twin lenses of friendship and linguistic ingenuity.

Welcome to the not-too-distant future: Japan, having vanished from the face of the earth, is now remembered as “the land of sushi.” Hiruko, its former citizen and a climate refugee herself, has a job teaching immigrant children in Denmark with her invented language Panska (Pan-Scandinavian): “homemade language. no country to stay in. three countries I experienced. insufficient space in brain. so made new language. homemade language.”

As she searches for anyone who can still speak her mother tongue, Hiruko soon makes new friends. Her troupe travels to France, encountering an umami cooking competition; a dead whale; an ultra-nationalist named Breivik; unrequited love; Kakuzo robots; red herrings; uranium; an Andalusian matador. Episodic and mesmerizing scenes flash vividly along, and soon they’re all next off to Stockholm.

You can buy the book here.  

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