"Seizes the reader's imagination from the first page...." -Village Voice"Compact and immense ... hypnotic and shocking." -The New York Times Book Review"A work of so unusual a nature as to throw new light on the whole of Kawabata's distinguished career." -Donald Keene"This unusual and striking story probes the mysterious relation between beauty and evil." -Publishers Weekly.".. one senses here the presence of an intensely Japanese, yet universal, master of the erotic."-SR/World
Yasunari Kawabata is a Kodansha International author.