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Kawabata, Yasunari 1899-1972

Works: 1,825 works in 5,164 publications in 11 languages and 32,086 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  History  Illustrations  Love stories  Short stories  Short stories, Japanese  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Biography  Pictorial works  Juvenile works 
Roles: Editor, Author of introduction, Bibliographic antecedent, Translator, Honoree, Other, Conceptor, Creator, Interviewee
Classifications: PL832.A9, 895.634
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Most widely held works by Yasunari Kawabata
Snow country by Yasunari Kawabata ( Book )
99 editions published between 1956 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 2,242 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
With the brushstroke suggestiveness and astonishing grasp of motive that won him the Nobel Prize for Literature, Yasunari Kawabata tells a story of 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 regrets, knowing that their passion cannot last. Shimamura is a dilettante of the feelings; Komako has staked her life on them. Their affair can have only one outcome. Yet, in chronicling its doomed course, one of Japan's greatest modern writers creates a novel dense in implication and exalting in its sadness
The sound of the mountain by Yasunari Kawabata ( Book )
48 editions published between 1964 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 1,788 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
T anxieties and desires of an old amn, Shingo, who lives with his family in a suburb of Tokyo are shown. He hears "the sound of the mountain", the faint rumble in the hills that is a muffled hint of unknown occurrences and a foreboding of death. The affection he feels for his daughter-in-law, the increasing tensions of his relations with his wife, son and daughter are also muffled, yet disturbingly powerful
Thousand cranes by Yasunari Kawabata ( Book )
58 editions published between 1958 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 1,603 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A young man is involved briefly with the two mistresses of his dead father and with the daughter of one of them. In these limited relationships, the limitless human capacity for inertia and illusion is suggested and the infinite strange combinations of human joy and suffering
The master of go by Yasunari Kawabata ( Book )
42 editions published between 1972 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,499 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Symbolic novel reporting a match of the Japanese game of go
Beauty and sadness by Yasunari Kawabata ( Book )
41 editions published between 1965 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 1,395 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A destructive love affair between a married writer and a teenage girl that continues to haunt both of them more than twenty years after their last embrace
The lake by Yasunari Kawabata ( Book )
32 editions published between 1974 and 2004 in English and held by 1,190 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This story traces a man's sad pursuit of an unattainable perfection, a beauty out of reach, admired from a distance, unconsummated. Homeless, a fugitive from an ambiguous crime, his is an incurable longing that drives him to shadow nameless women in the street and hide in ditches as they pass above him. For their beauty is not of this world, but of a dream-the voice of a girl he meets in a Turkish bath is "an angel's," the figures of two students he follows seem to "glide over the green grass that hid their knees." Reality is the durable ugliness that is his constant companion and is symbolized in the grotesque deformity of the hero's feet. And it is the irreconcilable nature of these worlds that explains the strangely dehumanized, shadowy quality of the eroticism that pervades this novel
The old capital by Yasunari Kawabata ( Book )
16 editions published between 1962 and 2006 in English and held by 1,049 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This novel tells the story of Chieko, the adopted daughter of a Kyoto kimono designer, Takichiro, and his wife, Shige. Since her youth, Chieko has been told that she was kidnapped as a baby by the couple in a moment of profound desire. When she is twenty, however, she learns that she was actually a foundling, abandoned by her real parents. Still, the love and affection Takichiro and Shige have given her satisfy her heart and she has no desire to seek out her biological parents--until she makes a startling discovery before the altar of Yasaka shrine. This work was specifically cited by the Nobel committee as one of the three novels for which the author was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1968
Snow country ; and, Thousand cranes : the Nobel Prize edition of two novels by Yasunari Kawabata ( Book )
9 editions published between 1956 and 1978 in English and held by 932 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This book presents English translations of two short novels by the 1968 recipient of the Nobel Prize for Literature. Snow Mountain is a nuanced love story involving a discouraged urbanite (Shimamura) and a rural geisha (Komako). Shimamura is tired of the bustling city. He takes the train through the snow to the mountains of the west coast of Japan, to meet with a geisha he believes he loves. Beautiful and innocent, Komako is tightly bound by the rules of a rural geisha, and lives a life of servitude and seclusion that is alien to Shimamura, and their love offers no freedom to either of them. Thousand Cranes is another love story. This melancholy tale uses the classical tea ceremony as a background for the story of a young man's relationships to two women, his father's former mistress and her daughter
First snow on Fuji by Yasunari Kawabata ( Book )
6 editions published between 1999 and 2000 in English and held by 761 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A play and eight stories by a Japanese winner of the Nobel Prize. In the title story, an ex-husband and wife try unsuccessfully to recapture their old feelings, in another story a romance fails to take off because he dislikes her ears
Koto by Yasunari Kawabata ( Book )
246 editions published between 1900 and 2014 in 7 languages and held by 704 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Tale of a love affair between Shimamura, a married playboy from a wealthy family and a 19-year old provincial geisha that takes place in the remote hot spring town in Japan
The Scarlet gang of Asakusa by Yasunari Kawabata ( Book )
5 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 515 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A new translation of the only work not currently available in English by a Nobel-Prize winning author and the best known Japanese writer outside of Japan
Kawabata Yasunari shū by Yasunari Kawabata ( Book )
136 editions published between 1940 and 2008 in Japanese and Chinese and held by 451 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
舞姫,日も月も,みづうみ,女であること,北の海から,白雪,水月,並木. 永遠の旅人(三島由紀夫) 解説(高見順)
Japan the beautiful and myself by Yasunari Kawabata ( Book )
17 editions published between 1968 and 1981 in English and Japanese and held by 378 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Izu no odoriko by Yasunari Kawabata ( Book )
141 editions published between 1927 and 2011 in Japanese and held by 331 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Adaptation of the classic novel about the brief encounter between a college student and a teenage dancer in the Izu Peninsula region
The tale of the bamboo cutter = Taketori monogatari ( Book )
6 editions published between 1998 and 2009 in English and Japanese and held by 200 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Series of fairy tales about a young girl (Kaguya-hime) found inside a hollow bamboo stem
Pays de neige : (Yukiguni) roman by Yasunari Kawabata ( Book )
43 editions published between 1960 and 2009 in 3 languages and held by 171 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Qian yu he by Yasunari Kawabata ( Book )
59 editions published between 1900 and 2007 in Japanese and Chinese and held by 158 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
House of the sleeping beauties by Kris Defoort ( )
2 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 116 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Kawabata Yasunari zenshū by Yasunari Kawabata ( Book )
21 editions published between 1973 and 1999 in 3 languages and held by 116 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Collected works of Kawabata Yasunari
The house of the sleeping beauties and other stories by Yasunari Kawabata ( Book )
30 editions published between 1969 and 2004 in English and Undetermined and held by 115 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
From Japan's only Nobel laureate for literature, three superb stories exploring the interplay between erotic fantasy and reality in a loner's mind
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Alternative Names
Ch‘ŏndan, Kangsŏng 1899-1972
Ch‘uan-tuan, K‘ang-ch‘eng 1899-1972
Chʻŏndan, Kangsŏng 1899-1972
Chuanduan, Kangcheng 1899-1972
Hideko, Kawabata 1899-1972
Kavabata I︠A︡sunari
Kavabata, I︠A︡sunari 1899-1972
Kavabata, Jasumari
Kavabata, Jasunari
Kavabata, Jasunari 1899-1972
Kavabata, Jasunaris 1899-1972
Kavabata, Jaszunari 1899-1972
Kavabata, Yasunari 1899-1972
Kawabata, Jasunari
Kawabata, Jasunari 1899-1972
Kawabata, Yasumari
Kawabata, Yasumary
Kawabata, Yasunari
Kāwābātā, Yāsūnārī 1899-1972
Yasunari, Kawabata
Yasunari, Kawabata 1899-1972
Кавабата, Ясунари 1899-1972
Кавабата, Ясунарі
יאסונרי, קוובטה 1899־1972
קאואבאטה, יסונארי
קובטה, יסונרי 1899-1972
カワバタ, ヤスナリ 1899-1972
川端 康成 1899-1972
川端康成 1899-1972
Japanese (513)
English (461)
Chinese (108)
French (60)
German (11)
Italian (8)
Portuguese (1)
Spanish (1)
Multiple languages (1)
Korean (1)
Gujarati (1)