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Snow Country
     

Snow Country

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by Yasunari Kawabata, Edward Seidensticker (Translator), Edward G. Seidensticker (Translator)
 

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Nobel Prize winner Yasunari Kawabata’s Snow Country is widely considered to be the writer’s masterpiece: a powerful tale of wasted love set amid the desolate beauty of western Japan.
 
At an isolated mountain hot spring, with snow blanketing every surface, Shimamura, a wealthy dilettante meets Komako, a lowly geisha. She gives

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Nobel Prize winner Yasunari Kawabata’s Snow Country is widely considered to be the writer’s masterpiece: a powerful tale of wasted love set amid the desolate beauty of western Japan.
 
At an isolated mountain hot spring, with snow blanketing every surface, Shimamura, a wealthy dilettante meets Komako, a lowly geisha. She gives herself to him fully and without remorse, despite knowing that their passion cannot last and that the affair can have only one outcome. In chronicling the course of this doomed romance, Kawabata has created a story for the ages — a stunning novel dense in implication and exalting in its sadness.

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“Beautifully economical. . . . The haiku works entirely by implication; so, in this novel, using the same delicate, glancing technique, Mr. Kawabata probes a complicated human relationship.”
The Time Literary Supplement (London)
 
“Kawabata’s novels are among the most affecting and original works of our time.”
The New York Times Book Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780679761044
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/28/1996
Series:
Vintage International Series
Edition description:
1st Vintage International ed
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
74,807
Product dimensions:
5.19(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.51(d)
Lexile:
820L (what's this?)

Meet the Author

Yasunari Kawabata, winner of the 1968 Novel Prize for Literature, was one of Japan's most distinguished novelists. Born in Osaka in 1899, he published his first stories while he was still in high school. He graduated from Tokyo Imperial University in 1924. His story "The Izu Dancer," first published in 1925, appeared in The Atlantic Monthly in 1955. Among his major novels published in the United States are Snow Country (1956), The Master of Go (1972), and Beauty and Sadness (1975). Kawabata was found dead, by his own hand, in 1972.

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Snow Country 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
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Connor91 More than 1 year ago
We had to read this book in my 12th grade English class and it is very boring; it has NO plot. In a nutshell, guy goes to the snow country with prostitutes and likes one of them and then he goes back to the snow country the next year and likes someone else and then someone dies.