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Kawabata, Yasunari 1899-1972

Works: 1,606 works in 5,878 publications in 27 languages and 34,426 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  History  Illustrated works  Love stories  Short stories  Short stories, Japanese  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Biography  Records and correspondence  Pictorial works 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction, Bibliographic antecedent, Translator, Scenarist, Other, Honoree, Conceptor, Creator, Interviewee
Classifications: PL832.A9, 895.634
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Snow country ; and, Thousand cranes : the Nobel Prize edition of two novels by Yasunari Kawabata( Book )

424 editions published between 1404 and 2015 in 13 languages and held by 3,709 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
The sound of the mountain by Yasunari Kawabata( Book )

197 editions published between 1930 and 2013 in 10 languages and held by 2,211 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"By day Ogata Shingo, an elderly Tokyo businessman, is troubled by small failures of memory. At night he associates the distant rumble he hears from the nearby mountain with the sounds of death. In between are the complex relationships that were once the foundations of Shingo's life: his trying wife; his philandering son; and his beautiful daughter-in-law, who inspires in him both pity and the stirrings of desire. Out of this translucent web of attachments, Kawabata has crafted a novel that is a powerful, serenely observed meditation on the relentless march of time." -- Publisher's description
Thousand cranes by Yasunari Kawabata( Book )

196 editions published between 1900 and 2013 in 7 languages and held by 1,998 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
Beauty and sadness by Yasunari Kawabata( Book )

161 editions published between 1965 and 2014 in 8 languages and held by 1,760 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 master of go by Yasunari Kawabata( Book )

111 editions published between 1956 and 2015 in 10 languages and held by 1,677 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"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 invincible Master and a younger, more modern challenger, Yasunari Kawabata captured the moment in which the immutable traditions of imperial Japan met the onslaught of the twentieth century. The competition between the Master of Go and his opponent, Otaké, is waged over several months and layered in ceremony. But beneath the game's decorum lie tensions that consume not only the players themselves but their families and retainers--tensions that turn this particular contest into a duel that can only end in death." -- Publisher's description
The old capital by Yasunari Kawabata( Book )

202 editions published between 1962 and 2015 in 12 languages and held by 1,636 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
The lake by Yasunari Kawabata( Book )

75 editions published between 1955 and 2004 in 6 languages and held by 1,347 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
First snow on Fuji by Yasunari Kawabata( Book )

11 editions published between 1958 and 2000 in English and Japanese and held by 754 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
The Izu dancer by Yasunari Kawabata( Book )

216 editions published between 1925 and 2015 in 4 languages and held by 507 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 Scarlet gang of Asakusa by Yasunari Kawabata( Book )

5 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 489 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
Nemureru bijo by Yasunari Kawabata( Book )

110 editions published between 1951 and 2014 in 11 languages and held by 373 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Spanish translation of a selection of short stories by the Japanese author
Japan the beautiful and myself by Yasunari Kawabata( Book )

20 editions published between 1968 and 1987 in 3 languages and held by 346 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Acceptance speech given by Mr. Kawabata upon receiving the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1968, the first Japanese author to receive the award
Kawabata Yasunari shū by Yasunari Kawabata( Book )

87 editions published between 1934 and 2008 in Japanese and Chinese and held by 281 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Snow country, and Thousand cranes by Yasunari Kawabata( Book )

24 editions published between 1958 and 1986 in English and held by 246 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Kawabata Yasunari by Yasunari Kawabata( Book )

66 editions published between 1961 and 2008 in 3 languages and held by 233 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The tale of the bamboo cutter = Taketori monogatari( Book )

8 editions published between 1997 and 2009 in English and Japanese and held by 203 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Series of fairy tales about a young girl (Kaguya-hime) found inside a hollow bamboo stem
House of the sleeping beauties by Kris Defoort( )

3 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 190 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Chronique d'Asakusa : La Bande des ceintures rouges by Yasunari Kawabata( Book )

57 editions published between 1930 and 2015 in 6 languages and held by 170 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Palm-of-the-hand stories by Yasunari Kawabata( Book )

54 editions published between 1938 and 2015 in 6 languages and held by 167 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Nobel Prize winner Yasunari Kawabata felt the essence of his art was to be found not in his longer works but in a series of short-stories which he called Palm-of-the-hand-stories - written over the span of his career. In them we find loneliness, love and the passage of time, demonstrating the range and complexity of a true master
The house of the sleeping beauties and other stories by Yasunari Kawabata( Book )

39 editions published between 1969 and 2004 in 3 languages and held by 124 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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WorldCat IdentitiesRelated Identities
First snow on Fuji
Alternative Names
Âsunari Kavabata.

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

Jasunari Kavabata

Jasunari Kawabata

Kaouampata, Giasounari

Kavabata, Âsunari.

Kavabata I︠A︡sunari

Kavabata, I︠A︡sunari 1899-1972

Kavabata, Jasumari

Kavabata, Jasunari

Kavabata, Jasunari 1899-1972

Kavabata, Jasunaris 1899-1972

Kavabata Jaszunari

Kavabata, Jaszunari 1899-1972

Kavabata, Yasunari 1899-1972

Kawabata, Jasunari

Kawabata, Jasunari 1899-1972

Kawabata, Yasumari

Kawabata, Yasumary

Kawabata, Yasunari

Kāwābātā, Yāsūnārī 1899-1972

Kawabata Yasunari japanischer Schriftsteller und Literaturnobelpreisträger

Kawabata Yasunari tiểu thuyết gia và người Nhật đầu tiên đoạt giải Nobel văn chương

Yasunari Kavabata

Yasunari, Kawabata

Yasunari, Kawabata 1899-1972

Yasunari Kawabata écrivain japonais

Yasunari Kawabata Hapon a nobelista

Yasunari Kawabata Japanese author, Nobel Prize winner

Yasunari Kawabata Japans schrijver

Yasunari Kawabata japoński prozaik i poeta, noblista

Yasunari Kawabata scrittore giapponese

Γιασουνάρι Καβαμπάτα Ιάπωνας πεζογράφος βραβευμένος με Νόμπελ Λογοτεχνίας

Καουαμπάτα, Γιασουνάρι

Кавабата Ясунари

Кавабата, Ясунари 1899-1972

Кавабата Ясунары

Кавабата, Ясунарі

Кавабата Ясүнари

Ясунари Кавабата 1899-1972

Ясунари Кавабата японский писатель

Јасунари Кавабата

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יאסונרי קאוובטה

יאסונרי, קוובטה 1899־1972

קאואבאטה, יסונארי

קובטה, יסונרי 1899-1972

كواباتا، ياسوناري، 1899-1972

ياسوناري كاواباتا، 1899-1972

ياسوناري كواباتا

یاسوناری کاواباتا

یاسوناری کاواباتا نویسنده ژاپنی

یاسوناری کواباٹا

यासुनारी कावाबाता

ইয়াসুনারি কাওয়াবাতা

ਯਾਸੂਨਾਰੀ ਕਾਵਾਬਾਤਾ

யசுனாரி கவபட்டா

യസുനാറി കവാബത്ത

ยะซุนะริ คะวะบะตะ

ကဝါဗတား ယာဆူနာရီ

კავაბატა იასუნარი

가와바다 야스나리 1899-1972

가와바따 야스나리 1899-1972

가와바타 야스나리

천단강성 1899-1972

카와바타 야스나리 1899-1972

カワバタ, ヤスナリ 1899-1972

川端 康成 1899-1972


川端康成 1899-1972

The sound of the mountainThousand cranesBeauty and sadnessThe master of goThe old capitalThe lakeFirst snow on FujiThe Scarlet gang of Asakusa