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Yasunari Kawabata

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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... Read More

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Beauty and Sadness

Written by Yasunari Kawabata


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 30, 1996
Price: $13.95

Love as sickness and immortality, sex as entrapment and revenge--these are the themes that the Nobel Prize-winning author dramatizes with such cool and mesmerizing power in Beauty and Sadness. At its heart is a destructive love affair between a married writer and a teenage girl that continues to haunt both of... Read more >
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Beauty and Sadness

Written by Yasunari Kawabata


Format: eBook, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 20, 2013
Price: $9.99

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The Master of Go

Written by Yasunari Kawabata


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 28, 1996
Price: $14.95

Go is a game of strategy in which two players attempt to surround each other's black or white stones; it is also an essential expression of Japanese spirit. In his fictional chronicle of a match played between a revered and invincible master and a younger, more modern challenger, Kawabata captures the... Read more >
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The Master of Go

Written by Yasunari Kawabata


Format: eBook, 208 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 13, 2013
Price: $11.99

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Snow Country

Written by Yasunari Kawabata
Translated by Edward G. Seidensticker


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 30, 1996
Price: $15.00

Kawabata, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature, tells the story of a wasted love set amid the desolate beauty of western Japan, the snowiest region on earth. It is there, at an isolated mountain hotspring, that the wealthy sophisticate Shimamura meets the geisha Komako, who gives herself to him without... Read more >
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Snow Country

Written by Yasunari Kawabata
Translated by Edward G. Seidensticker


Format: eBook, 192 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 26, 2013
Price: $11.99

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The Sound of the Mountain

Written by Yasunari Kawabata


Format: eBook, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 20, 2013
Price: $11.99

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The Sound of the Mountain

Written by Yasunari Kawabata


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 28, 1996
Price: $16.00

From the Nobel Prize laureate comes the tale of an elderly Tokyo businessman, Ogata Shingo, who is troubled by small failures of memory. At night he hears a distant rumble from the nearby mountain, a sound he associates with death. In between are the relationships that were once the foundation of... Read more >
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Thousand Cranes

Written by Yasunari Kawabata


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 26, 1996
Price: $15.00

With a restraint that barely conceals the ferocity of his characters' passions, one of Japan's great postwar novelists tells the luminous story of Kikuji and the tea party he attends with Mrs. Ota, the rival of his dead father's mistress. A tale of desire, regret, and sensual nostalgia, every gesture has... Read more >
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Thousand Cranes

Written by Yasunari Kawabata


Format: eBook, 160 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 26, 2013
Price: $11.99

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