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A key work by the late Nobel Prize for Literature-winning author follows the story of Check, an adopted daughter of a kimono designer, who in postwar Kyoto becomes increasingly... Read more
A key work by the late Nobel Prize for Literature-winning author follows the story of Check, an adopted daughter of a kimono designer, who in postwar Kyoto becomes increasingly troubled by her discovery of the truth about her past life. Reprint.
The Old Capital Paperback edition by Yasunari Kawabata
The Old Capital is one of the three novels cited specifically by the Nobel Committee when they awarded Kawabata the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1968. With the ethereal tone and aesthetic styling characteristic of Kawabata's prose, The Old Capital tells the story of Chieko, the adopted daughter of a Kyoto kimono designer, Takichiro, and his wife, Shige.
Set in the traditional city of Kyoto, Japan, this deeply poetic story revolves around Chieko who becomes bewildered and troubled as she discovers the true facets of her past. With the harmony and time-honored customs of a Japanese backdrop, the story becomes poignant as Chieko's longing and confusion develops.
Kikuji has been invited to a tea ceremony by a mistress of his dead father. He is shocked to find there the mistress's rival and successor, Mrs Ota, and that the ceremony has been awkwardly arranged for him to meet his potential future bride. But he is most shocked to be drawn into a relationship with Mrs Ota.
More than seventy short stories by the Nobel Prize-winning author include stories with trick endings; dreamlike, intensely atmospheric stories; stories that crystalize themes from his longer works; autobiographical stories; and stories exploring aspects of the fantastic
And in his fictional chronicle of a match played between a revered and invincible Master and a younger, more progressive challenger, Yasunari Kawabata captured the moment in which the immutable traditions of imperial Japan met the onslaught of the twentieth century.
Nobel Prize winner Yasunari Kawabata's The Sound of the Mountain is a beautiful rendering of the predicament of old age ? the gradual, reluctant narrowing of a human life, along with the sudden upsurges of passion that illuminate its closing....
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