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Book Subject Tag: Love stories, Fiction

  • South of the border, west of the sun

    A Japanese novel on a married businessman who has an affair with the girl of his youth. Hajime’s relationship with Shimamoto had always been chaste, now they both make up for it–25 years later. By the author of The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle.

  • Snow country

    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,…