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“Beautifully economical. . . . The haiku works entirely by implication; so, in this novel, using the same delicate, glancing technique, Mr. Kawabata probes a complicated human relationship.”
—The Time Literary Supplement (London)
“Kawabata’s novels are among the most affecting and original works of our time.”
—The New York Times Book Review
Yasunari Kawabata was born in Osaka in 1899. In 1968 he became the first Japanese writer to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature. One of Japan’s most distinguished novelists, he published his first stories while he was still in high school, graduating from Tokyo Imperial University in 1924. His short story “The Izu Dancer,” first published in 1925, appeared in The Atlantic Monthly in 1955. Kawabata authored numerous novels, including Snow Country (1956), which cemented his reputation as one of the preeminent voices of his time, as well as Thousand Cranes (1959), The Sound of the Mountain (1970), The Master of Go (1972), and Beauty and Sadness (1975). He served as the chairman of the P.E.N. Club of Japan for several years and in 1959 he was awarded the Goethe-medal in Frankfurt. Kawabata died in 1972.
The plot is subtle, as it is was intended. The symbols and themes are countless. The language is simple but beautiful. Read morePublished on Nov. 24 2003 by Robert Sheppard
I was greatly disappointed by this book. I found the main character, Shimamaru, difficult at times to identify with, mostly because of his insentivity to the things going on around... Read morePublished on Oct. 19 2003 by William Wu
As the so-caled masterpiece of one of Japan's most renowned writer, and one of the only two who have been awared a Nobel prize for literature (so far), I had pretty high... Read morePublished on Sept. 21 2003 by Wilmington
Snow Country is the story of Shimamura, a wealthy Tokyo denizen who is unable to love and his trip to a hot spring in the snow country of Western Japan. Read morePublished on April 19 2003 by Randyll McDermott
I'm being generous with the one star rating. I would've given it a zero but a rating that low is impossible. There was no plot to this book. Read morePublished on Feb. 25 2003 by Joe Julian
After completely hating (and saying so in a previous review) Kawabata's Sound of the Mountain, I wanted to find out why he was selected for the Nobel Prize in Literature. Read morePublished on Nov. 20 2002 by raboof
I will admit that when I finished the book, my first thought was something along the lines of "What? That's the end?!? Read morePublished on Feb. 28 2002 by C. E. Stevens