Palm-of-the-Hand Stories

Palm-of-the-Hand Stories

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Recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1968, the novelist 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 of short fiction.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780374530495
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date: 11/14/2006
Series: FSG Classics Series
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 243,297
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.63(d)

About the Author

Yasunari Kawabata was born in Osaka, Japan, in 1899 and before World War II had established himself as his country's leading novelist. Among his major works are Snow Country, A Thousand Cranes, and The Master of Go. Awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1968, he died in 1972.

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Palm-of-the-Hand Stories 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Capfox on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I started this book thinking it was going to be a quick read, but I should have known better. I read Snow Country last year, and despite its slim length, the writing was spare and heavy, and required a lot of thought to draw out all the implications and pictures. It was pretty, though, and I did want to read more; this seemed like a good place to start.All of the stories in here are very short, ranging (with one exception) from one to five pages. Each of them, you have to read yourself into, and do it with a good amount of reflection, or you miss the point of what was going on. It's an experience I tend not to find in concise vignettes, but the writing style and the sense of characters really call for it.The quality still varies, though, so in some cases, even with attention, I still don't really get the point. Maybe it's a datedness thing, as some come across as dated, but I think it's just that some of them don't quite hit the right note. A surprising number do, though, and if you just want to get a quick shot of beauty pulling a book off of the shelf, this is a nice way to go. Probably not where I'd start with Kawabata, but if you like him, this is really his style writ small.
antiquary on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
On the whole, I like these short-short stories more than Kawabata's better-known novels, which tend to be ponderous or grotesque
mobcritter More than 1 year ago
This is a collection of short shorts. They are less stories than moments in time frozen in words. The moments may be of feelings, epiphanies, ideas, acceptance or actions. They are one to three pages and so are great reading material when you don't have the time to get involved in something longer. My suggestion is read one story and savor it for a while before starting the next.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Absolutely amazing, and beautifully bizarre. Some stories don't even fill a page, but each and every one is brilliantly complete. Anyone will love this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's amazing how one can bring out thousands of images to stories this short. I have never read a book like this before. You will love it if you are into minimalism.