The Bridegroom Was a Dog by Yoko Tawada

By Yoko Tawada

Across the world acclaimed writer Yoko Tawada's such a lot famous—and bizarre—tale in a stand-alone, New instructions Pearl edition.

The Bridegroom was once a Dog is likely to be the Japanese-German author Yoko Tawada's most famed tale. Its preliminary ebook in 1998 garnered admiration from The New Yorker, who praised it as, "fast-moving, mysteriously compelling story that has the dream caliber of Kafka."

The Bridegroom was once a Dog starts off with a schoolteacher telling a delusion to her scholars. within the fantasy, a princess grants her hand in marriage to a puppy that has licked her backside fresh. the tale takes an excellent stranger twist whilst that very puppy seems to be to the schoolteacher in actual lifestyles as a dog-like guy. They enhance a really sexual, romantic courtship with many allegorical overtones—much to the chagrin of her pals.

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Your co-stars? Kent Smith and Jane Randolph were just fine, and Julia Dean, who played Mrs. Farren, was very interesting to me. When she told the Headless Horseman story, she really got into that. I was pretty awed by her: She was very good and very involved in her part. Elizabeth Russell played Mrs. Farren’s daughter Barbara, who resented Amy. Our relationship was good, but she was ... scary-looking! She was, she was cruel-looking: very, very thin, and with those very high cheekbones. The way [Nicholas] Musuraca, the cameraman, lighted her, he made her look really forbidding.

During the time when I was wearing a cast, I had to have home school; in that cast, I could only kneel down or lie down, I couldn’t go to school and so forth. At home I had a hospital bed and a trapeze thing to pull myself up, and teachers came to the house. Then after the casts, I had a brace which I could wear and go to regular high school. Now that I look back on it, it was a torturous thing, that brace! It was like a boned corset with a metal framework in the back and leather straps under my arms, and then I could put clothes on over it.

And, incidentally, I never ever expected or aspired to be a star; I just didn’t think of that. No, I was just in the movie. My parents would always say to me, after a movie came out, “Well, you coulda done this better,” “You coulda done that better,” etc. I think [that that was good], and I always felt that way too. I feel that way while seeing ’em now, a lot of times! ” My mom and dad kept me normal, I think. They didn’t ever buy into using a word like “star” or anything like that. Were you ever tired or upset on a movie set when you were young, or were you always a pro?

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