Thousand Cranes

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Thousand Cranes

By Yasunari Kawabata; Edward G. Seidensticker (Translator)

Vintage, Paperback, 9780679762652, 160pp.

Publication Date: November 26, 1996

Description
Nobel Prize winner Yasunari Kawabata's "Thousand Cranes" is a luminous story of desire, regret, and the almost sensual nostalgia that binds the living to the dead.
While attending a traditional tea ceremony in the aftermath of his parents deaths, Kikuji encounters his father's former mistress, Mrs. Ota. At first Kikuji is appalled by her indelicate nature, but it is not long before he succumbs to passion a passion with tragic and unforeseen consequences, not just for the two lovers, but also for Mrs. Ota's daughter, to whom Kikuji's attachments soon extend. Death, jealousy, and attraction convene around the delicate art of the tea ceremony, where every gesture is imbued with profound meaning.


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 Thousand Cranes

“A literary habitat like no other . . . quietly devastating fiction. . . . Behind a lyrical and understated surface, chaotic passions pulse.”
The Independent (London)
 
Thousand Cranes has the qualities of the best Japanese writing: a stunning economy, delicacy of feeling, and a painter’s sensitivity to the visible world.”
The Atlantic