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Yasunari Kawabata (1899–1972)

Author of Snow Country

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About the Author

Author Yasunari Kawabata was born in Osaka, Japan on June 14, 1899. He experienced numerous family deaths during his childhood including his parents, a sister, and his grandparents. He graduated from the Tokyo Imperial University in March 1924. He wrote both short stories including The Dancing Girl show more of Izu and novels including The Sound of the Mountains, Snow Country, Thousand Cranes, and The Old Capital. In 1959, he received the Goethe Medal in Frankfurt and in 1968 he won the Nobel Prize for Literature. He committed suicide on April 16, 1972. (Bowker Author Biography) show less

Works by Yasunari Kawabata

Snow Country (1937) 3,363 copies, 84 reviews
Thousand Cranes (1952) 1,739 copies, 61 reviews
The Master of Go (1954) 1,284 copies, 38 reviews
Beauty and Sadness (1964) 1,266 copies, 34 reviews
The Sound of the Mountain (1954) 1,255 copies, 20 reviews
Palm-of-the-Hand Stories (-0001) 823 copies, 13 reviews
The Old Capital (1962) — Author — 723 copies, 20 reviews
House of the Sleeping Beauties (1961) 586 copies, 21 reviews
The Lake (1954) 399 copies, 11 reviews
First Snow on Fuji (1959) 333 copies, 7 reviews
The Dancing Girl of Izu and Other Stories (1997) 239 copies, 3 reviews
The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter (0010) 213 copies, 9 reviews
The Scarlet Gang of Asakusa (1988) 197 copies, 1 review
The Dancing Girl of Izu (1983) — Author — 171 copies, 3 reviews
The Izu Dancer and Other Stories (1974) 137 copies, 4 reviews
Snow Country / Thousand Cranes (1958) 101 copies, 3 reviews
Dandelions (1972) 91 copies, 4 reviews
Correspondance avec Mishima (1901) 46 copies
The rainbow : a novel (2023) 39 copies, 1 review
Immagini di cristallo (1993) 37 copies, 1 review
Romans et nouvelles (1997) 30 copies
Il disegno del piviere (1996) 20 copies, 2 reviews
Ausgewählte Werke (1968) 18 copies
L'Adolescent (1992) 16 copies
Les Servantes d'auberge (1990) 14 copies
Arcobaleni (1963) 13 copies, 1 review
Diario de un muchacho (1976) 8 copies
Un brazo (2013) 8 copies
川のある下町の話 (1958) 8 copies
Romanzi e racconti (2003) 7 copies, 1 review
女であること (1961) 7 copies
舞姫 (新潮文庫) (1990) 5 copies
Duizend kraanvogels roman (2021) 5 copies
みづうみ 2 copies
山の音 2 copies
虹いくたび 2 copies
女性開眼 2 copies
Frumoasele adormite (2014) 2 copies
千羽鶴 (1955) 2 copies
花のワルツ 2 copies
Kiraz Çiçekleri (2015) 2 copies
Le opere 2 copies, 1 review
川端康成集 (1984) 2 copies
古都 1 copy
Bukuroshet e fjetura (2007) 1 copy, 1 review
川端康成: 山音 (2013) 1 copy
感情?? 1 copy
Chá e Amor 1 copy
伊豆の旅 (1981) 1 copy
Dos ensayos 1 copy
Opere 1 copy
千羽鶴 (2017) 1 copy
Japan - Monumente grosser Kulturen — Foreword — 1 copy

Associated Works

The Penguin Book of Japanese Short Stories (2018) — Contributor — 374 copies, 2 reviews
The World's Greatest Short Stories (2006) — Contributor — 276 copies, 1 review
The Oxford Book of Japanese Short Stories (1997) — Contributor — 231 copies, 4 reviews
Sudden Fiction International: Sixty Short-Short Stories (1989) — Contributor — 213 copies
Modern Japanese Stories: An Anthology (1962) — Contributor — 165 copies, 2 reviews
The Gates of Paradise (1993) — Contributor — 117 copies, 2 reviews
Bestial Noise: The Tin House Fiction Reader (2003) — Contributor — 50 copies
Nobel Prize Library: Kawabata, Kipling, Lewis (1971) — Contributor — 42 copies

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3.5. I do not understand the tale. On the surface it is describing the experiences of a lazy wealthy man with geisha and hostesses in a small village in the snow country. But the women seems insane, and every scene and event triggers a lyrical flight in the mind of our narrator. I doubt I’d recommend as a read, though if i understood what the events are meant to represent it might be otherwise
 
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diveteamzissou | 83 other reviews | Jul 7, 2024 |
Funny I picked this up thinking I had never read it but Goodreads tells me I did 14 years ago. I really enjoyed this. Elegiac, a story about fighting change, and yet, as always, change winning.
 
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iamnader | 37 other reviews | Jul 6, 2024 |
A Thousand Cranes was written in 1951.

From my relationships with Japanese people, and Japanese men in particular, I recognize the deeply amazed Japanese generation just after the war. A generation wounded, maimed by the terrible way in which the Second World War ended for Japan.
The men are no longer able to be "masculine", lost love, an insecure attitude between husband and wife.

Something that even now continues to affect the current Japanese generation.

During my visit to Kyoto I noticed it everywhere, felt it in my interactions with the man in the street, the woman at the temple, my friend at home. Something has been lost that will never come back.
Also in this book, where, unlike others, I hardly detect any love, but I do experience loss, loss that no one knows how to deal with. In the meantime, they are constantly hurting each other, and not only Chikako does that because of her meddling and desire for revenge.
Kikuji also does it constantly, with words, in thoughts.

For a moment, in his last meeting with Fumiko, everything seems different. But even then everything ends in deep misery. And Kikuji is left alone
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annus_sanctus | 60 other reviews | Jun 12, 2024 |
Here's what I wrote in 2014 about this read: "Nice. Set in greater Japan nearly immediately following WWII. A study of aging and related reflections on lifes disappointments, with many references to life following wartimes. The mountain calls and nature's beauty is a lovely constant. Suddenly ends like other Japanese novels do; life just goes on. Read more of his books, perhaps Thousand Cranes (tea ceremony as backdrop)." Quotations in the comments section are my exact kindle highlights.
 
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MGADMJK | 19 other reviews | Jun 1, 2024 |

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