The Old Capital

The Old Capital

By Yasunari Kawabata; J. Martin Holman (Translator)

Shoemaker & Hoard, Paperback, 9781593760328, 182pp.

Publication Date: January 10, 2006

Description
"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.


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).