The Sound of the Mountain

The Sound of the Mountain

By Yasunari Kawabata; Edward G. Seidensticker (Translator)

Vintage, Paperback, 9780679762645, 288pp.

Publication Date: May 28, 1996


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.
By day Ogata Shingo, an elderly Tokyo businessman, is troubled by small failures of memory. At night he associates the distant rumble he hears from the nearby mountain with the sounds of death. In between are the complex relationships that were once the foundations of Shingo’s life:  his trying wife; his philandering son; and his beautiful daughter-in-law, who inspires in him both pity and the stirrings of desire. Out of this translucent web of attachments, Kawabata has crafted a novel that is a powerful, serenely observed meditation on the relentless march of time.

About the Author
Yasunari Kawabata, ne le 14 juin 1899 et mort le 16 avril 1972, est un ecrivain japonais, prix Nobel de litterature en 1968. Considere comme un ecrivain majeur du XXe siecle et obsede par la quete du beau, la solitude et la mort, il a ecrit en particulier des recits tres courts, d'un depouillement stylistique extreme, regroupes plus tard en recueils, mais ses uvres les plus connues internationalement sont ses romans comme "Pays de ne"ige (1935-1947), "Le Grondement de la montagne" (1954) ou "Les Belles Endormies" (1960-1961).

Praise For The Sound of the Mountain

“Kawabata is a poet of the gentlest shades, of the evanescent, the imperceptible.”
“A rich, complicated novel. . . . Of all modern Japanese fiction, Kawabata’s is the closest to poetry.”
The New York Times Book Review