On the Moon
“It is not shining, it is like a hole in the civilisation.”
“I see the Moon as a hole. The sky has a hole.” Get a very different take on the Moon in this video featuring the prizewinning Japanese writer Yoko Tawada, who has been compared to quintessential authors such as Kafka. In the video, Tawada also reads one of her absorbing poems about the Moon – in German and Japanese respectively – written out on discs. Read more …
In the big city, Tawada argues, the Moon fades among the many bright lights: “It is not shining, it is like a hole in the civilisation.” She also talks about poetry on the moon, which she feels is used too often as a metaphor: “I wanted to free the Moon. And so my Moon is riding the bicycle.” Moreover, she feels that the night is the time for writing poetry, and consequently, the Moon becomes extremely significant to the poet.
Yoko Tawada (b. 1960) is a Japanese writer, who has lived in Germany since the age of 22 and writes in both Japanese and German. She has published several books – including short stories, novels, poems, plays and essays – and has received numerous awards for her writing, including the Akutagawa Prize, the Kleist Prize and the Goethe Medal. Among her novels are ‘The Naked Eye’ (2003, originally published in 1993), ‘The Bridegroom Was a Dog’ (1998), the widely acclaimed ‘Memoirs of a Polar Bear’ (2016) and ‘The Emissary’ (2018).
Yoko Tawada was interviewed by Kasper Bech Dyg at the Louisiana Literature festival at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Denmark in August 2018.
Camera: Klaus Elmer
Produced and edited by: Kasper Bech Dyg
Copyright: Louisiana Channel, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, 2018
Supported by Nordea-fonden