First Snow on Fuji by Yasunari Kawabata

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A beautiful translation of ten short stories from Nobel Prize-winning author Yasunari Kawabata.

"Kawabata lusted for purity; his characters live the contradiction." -Boston Globe

The stories of Yasunari Kawabata evoke an unmistakably Japanese atmosphere in their delicacy, understatement, and lyrical description. Like his later works, First Snow on Fuji is concerned with forms of presence and absence, with being, with memory and loss of memory, with not-knowing. Kawabata lets us slide into the lives of people who have been shattered by war, loss, and longing. These stories are beautiful and melancholy, filled with Kawabata's unerring vision of human psychology.

First Snow on Fuji was originally published in Japan in 1958, ten years before Kawabata received the Nobel Prize. Kawabata selected the stories for this collection himself, and the result is a stunning assembly of disparate moods and genres. This new edition is the first to be published in English.


About Yasunari Kawabata

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Author Yasunari Kawabata was born in Osaka, Japan on June 14, 1899. He experienced numerous family deaths during his childhood including his parents, a sister, and his grandparents. He graduated from the Tokyo Imperial University in March 1924. He wrote both short stories including The Dancing Girl of Izu and novels including The Sound of the Mountains, Snow Country, Thousand Cranes, and The Old Capital. In 1959, he received the Goethe Medal in Frankfurt and in 1968 he won the Nobel Prize for Literature. He committed suicide on April 16, 1972.
Published September 1, 1999 by Counterpoint Press. 224 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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All the tales have great power, but most notable are the Kafkaesque fable “Silence,” about an elderly novelist’s withdrawal from the world and his “silence’s” radiating consequences, and the plaintive title story, in which a former couple separated by both the death of their child and their marri...

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With ""the voice of a woman in hell,"" Tomiko reveals that she may write about her father's many affairs, and the appalled narrator, who feels that Akifusa is now ""a sort of living ghost,"" believes that Tomiko may have been ""possessed by something in him."" The cab driver on the way back tells...

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