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"This novel is one of modern literature's greatest, most poignant elegies" Washington Post "Kawabata's narrative spirals through the book's events in ruminative glides and turns... There is a kind of low-key daring, an austere, autumnal nobility, in Kawabata's tale" Time "An archetypal saga... there are storms and landscapes as cool, as luminous, as any in Japanese paintings and woodcuts" The New Yorker --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
Yasunari Kawabata, winner of the 1968 Nobel Prize for Literature, was one of Japan's most distinguished novelists. Born in Osaka in 1899, he published his first stories while he was still in high school. Among his major novels published across the world are Snow Country (1956), Thousand Cranes (1959), The Sound of the Mountain (1972), and Beauty and Sadness (1975). Kawabata was found dead, by his own hand, in 1972. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
Great book. Amazing story. Interesting display of the game and its players.Published 3 months ago by rhyan
Kawabata is more difficult to translate into english than say someone like Mishima. He lets us view a pre-war Japan mind set that can sometimes seem a little alien to the... Read morePublished on July 30 2001 by Paul Miller
This could have been one of the best books to ever emerge from Japan: If the author had interpolated each chapter with reminsces by the aging player, Shusai ("Grand... Read morePublished on July 7 2001 by jack schaaf
This is a novel about a man who has devoted his life to only one thing, and who has nothing left when that is taken away from him. Read morePublished on May 21 2001 by Immanuel A. Magalit
In my opinion, this is the most complex of Kawabata's books. Kawabata's presentation of the eternal conflict between rapidly vanishing Japanese traditional culture (accelerated by... Read morePublished on May 17 2001 by Boris Aleksandrovsky
In 1938, a go match was played over six months in 14 sessions at several different locations in Japan. Read morePublished on July 10 2000 by Bob Newman
Kawabata's 'The Master of Go' is a moving, at times agonizing, cultural depiction of the old v. new in Japan. Read morePublished on April 17 2000 by Jeffery D Berg
I've read many books in my life, but none of them surpass the beauty, elegance, and creativity embodied in "The Master of Go. Read morePublished on May 15 1999