Palm-of-the Hand Stories

Palm-of-the Hand Stories


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Palm-of-the Hand Stories by Kawabata, Lane Dunlop, J. Martin Holman

Translated by Lane Dunlop and J. Martin Holman

Winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1968, Yasunari Kawabata is perhaps best known in the United States for his deeply incisive, marvelously lyrical novel Snow Country. But according to Kawabata himself, the essence of his art was to be found in a series of short stories-which he called "Palm-of-the-Hand Stories"-written over the entire span of his career. He began experimenting with the form in 1923 and returned to it often. In fact, his final work was a "palm-sized" reduction of Snow Country, written not long before his suicide in 1972. Dreamlike, intensely atmospheric, at times autobiographical and at others fantastical, these stories reflect Kawabata's abiding interest in the miniature, the wisp of plot reduced to the essential. In them we find loneliness, love, the passage of time, and death. Palm-of-the-Hand Stories captures the astonishing range and complexity of one of the century's greatest literary talents.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780865474123
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date: 05/16/1990
Edition description: REPRINT
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 6.06(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.67(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. After the war he continued to publish major novels, including Thousand Cranes, The Sound of the Mountain, and The Old Capital (North Point, 1987).

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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.