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Yasunari Kawabata

Yasunari Kawabata, winner of the 1968 Nobel Prize for Literature, is one of Japan's most distinguished novelists. Born in Osaka in 1899, he published his first stories while he was still in high school. He graduated from Tokyo Imperial University in 1924. His story "The Izu Dancer," first published in 1925, appeared in The Atlantic Monthly in 1955. Among his major novels published in the United States are Snow Country (1956), The Master of Go (1972), and Beauty and Sadness (1975). Kawabata was found dead, by his own hand, in 1972.

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Beauty and Sadness
Written by Yasunari Kawabata
Vintage | Trade Paperback | January 1996
$14.95/17.95(Canada) | 978-0-679-76105-1 (0-679-76105-5)

The successful writer Oki has reached middle age and is filled with regrets. He returns to Kyoto to Otoko, a young woman with whom he had a terrible affair many years before, and discovers that she is now a painter, living with a younger woman as her lover. Otoko has continues... Read more






The House of the Sleeping Beauties and Other Stories
Written by Yasunari Kawabata
Vintage | Trade Paperback | November 28, 2017
$15.95/21.95(Canada) | 978-0-525-43413-9 (0-525-43413-5)

Three erotically charged short stories from Yasunari Kawabata, the first Japanese winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature.

In the tales in this collection, Nobel Prize-winning author Yasunari Kawabata probes the interplay of erotic fantasy and reality in the minds of three lonely men. In ”House of the Sleeping Beauties,” an old man pays to sleep with—but not touch—beautiful, sedated young girls; in ”One Arm,” a young woman gifts a man her right arm for the night; and in ”Of Birds and Beasts,” a middle-aged man’s memories of an affair with a dancer mingle with glimpses of his abnormal attachment to his pets. Piercing examinations of sexuality and human psychology—and works of remarkable subtlety and beauty—the stories in House of the Sleeping Beauties and Other Stories, translated by Edward Seidensticker, showcase one of the twentieth century’s great writers—in any language—at his very best. Read more






The Master of Go
Written by Yasunari Kawabata
Vintage | Trade Paperback | May 1996
$15.95/21.95(Canada) | 978-0-679-76106-8 (0-679-76106-3)

Go is a game of strategy in which two players attempt to surround each other’s black or white stones. Simple in its fundamentals, infinitely complex in its execution, Go is an essential expression of the Japanese spirit. And in his fictional chronicle of a match played between a revered and heretofore... Read more






Snow Country
Written by Yasunari Kawabata, Translated by Edward G. Seidensticker
Vintage | Trade Paperback | January 1996
$15.00/18.00(Canada) | 978-0-679-76104-4 (0-679-76104-7)

Nobel Prize winner Yasunari Kawabata’s Snow Country is widely considered to be the writer’s masterpiece: a powerful tale of wasted love set amid the desolate beauty of western Japan.
 
At an isolated mountain hot spring, with snow blanketing every surface, Shimamura, a wealthy dilettante meets Komako, a lowly geisha. She... Read more






The Sound of the Mountain
Written by Yasunari Kawabata
Vintage | Trade Paperback | May 1996
$16.00/19.00(Canada) | 978-0-679-76264-5 (0-679-76264-7)

Nobel Prize winner Yasunari Kawabata’s The Sound of the Mountain is a beautiful rendering of the predicament of old age — the gradual, reluctant narrowing of a human life, along with the sudden upsurges of passion that illuminate its closing.
 
By day Ogata Shingo, an elderly Tokyo businessman, is... Read more






Thousand Cranes
Written by Yasunari Kawabata
Vintage | Trade Paperback | November 1996
$15.00/18.00(Canada) | 978-0-679-76265-2 (0-679-76265-5)

Nobel Prize winner Yasunari Kawabata’s Thousand Cranes is a luminous story of desire, regret, and the almost sensual nostalgia that binds the living to the dead.
 
While attending a traditional tea ceremony in the aftermath of his parents’ deaths, Kikuji encounters his father’s former mistress, Mrs. Ota. At first Kikuji... Read more





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