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Kawabata, Yasunari 1899-1972

Works: 1,858 works in 6,484 publications in 26 languages and 36,546 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Novels  Short stories  History  Romance fiction  Illustrated works  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Short stories, Japanese  Biography  Stories, plots, etc 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction, Bibliographic antecedent, Scenarist, Translator, Other, Creator, Conceptor, Honoree, Interviewee, Adapter
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 )

520 editions published between 1404 and 2017 in 12 languages and held by 4,106 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 )

220 editions published between 1930 and 2017 in 13 languages and held by 2,223 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 )

230 editions published between 1900 and 2017 in 9 languages and held by 2,076 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A luminous story of desire, regret, and the almost sensual nostalgia that binds the living to the dead
The master of go by Yasunari Kawabata( Book )

125 editions published between 1956 and 2017 in 8 languages and held by 1,694 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
Beauty and sadness by Yasunari Kawabata( Book )

154 editions published between 1964 and 2014 in 7 languages and held by 1,671 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 old capital by Yasunari Kawabata( Book )

198 editions published between 1962 and 2015 in 12 languages and held by 1,619 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 )

67 editions published between 1955 and 2004 in 4 languages and held by 1,213 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 )

8 editions published between 1999 and 2001 in English and held by 733 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 )

220 editions published between 1925 and 2015 in 5 languages and held by 532 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 484 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
Japan the beautiful and myself by Yasunari Kawabata( Book )

39 editions published between 1968 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 412 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Kawabata delivered the lecture for his 1968 Nobel Prize in Literature on December 12, titling it "Japan, the Beautiful and Myself." He begins by quoting two classical Japanese poems close to his heart, which he writes when asked for samples of his calligraphy, the first written by the Zen priest Dogen and the second by the priest Myoe. By elaborating on these and several other related poems, Kawabata presents his idea of the gentle and quiet yet warm and passionate quality of the Japanese spirit, one which considers nature a close companion and at times identical with the human self. Moving nimbly through the various traditional Japanese arts, covering flower-arranging, tea ceremony, ceramics, landscaping, and literature, he paints the Japanese idea of beauty in comprehensive and evocative colors, speaking about such things as mono no aware, the poignant awareness of the beauty of things and their passing; the use of plain words in poetry to evoke the wordless; and, very importantly to his own work, the embrace of a nothingness which is quite unlike its Western counterpart in that it has much more to do with becoming one with the world instead of pessimism
Kawabata Yasunari shū by Yasunari Kawabata( Book )

89 editions published between 1940 and 1996 in Japanese and Chinese and held by 287 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Les belles endormies by Yasunari Kawabata( Book )

75 editions published between 1961 and 2013 in 5 languages and held by 235 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Spanish translation of a selection of short stories by the Japanese author
House of the sleeping beauties by Kris Defoort( )

3 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 235 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

7 editions published between 1998 and 2009 in English and Japanese and held by 204 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Series of fairy tales about a young girl (Kaguya-hime) found inside a hollow bamboo stem
Kawabata Yasunari by Yasunari Kawabata( Book )

47 editions published between 1964 and 2008 in Japanese and Chinese and held by 184 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

53 editions published between 1938 and 2015 in 5 languages and held by 173 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 )

46 editions published between 1969 and 2017 in English and Undetermined and held by 134 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
Xue guo by Yasunari Kawabata( Book )

38 editions published between 1938 and 2015 in Chinese and Japanese and held by 114 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
La danseuse d'Izu : nouvelles by Yasunari Kawabata( Book )

20 editions published between 1972 and 1992 in French and held by 107 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Cinq nouvelles pour retrouver la sensibilité raffinée de l'écrivain japonais, prix Nobel de littérature 1968
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ਯਾਸੂਨਾਰੀ ਕਾਵਾਬਾਤਾ

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