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Snow country

Translated by Edward Seidensticker

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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.

japanese title: Yukiguni
notes: Japanese title: Yukiguni. Introduction by Edward Seidensticker.
subjects: Love stories, Fiction
genre: Fiction
ISBN: 9780679761044
OCLC number: 3623808
publisher: Knopf, 1956; Berkley Pub. Corp., 1964; Tuttle, 1973; Perigree Books, 1981; Limited Editions Club, 1990; Vintage, 1996
publication place: New York; New York; Rutland, VT; New York; New York; New York
japanese publication date: 1935-1937, 1948
english publication date: 1956
document type: Book
description: 175 p. 19 cm.
related: UNESCO series of contemporary works: Japanese series