26 Apr Kawabata’s Snow Country is one of those works that readers seem to “warn” other readers about with regard to the level of “patience” required. 26 Feb Nobel Prize winner Yasunari Kawabata’s Snow Country is widely considered to be the writer’s masterpiece: a powerful tale of wasted love set. 3 Jan In Kawabata’s footsteps to ‘Snow Country’ Whiteout: A view from Takahan ryokan in Gala Yuzawa, Niigata Prefecture. | DAN ASENLUND.

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An avalanche of introspection roaring down a mountainside, seeking for one’s attention. I think it is always more convenient to order books online.

Here are hot springs where affluent gentlemen retreat for contemplation of the beauty of lawabata and maybe for a tryst away from family duties in the company of the local geishas. The nature of that failure and the parts played by others form the theme of the book. She is often seen in reflection, in a mirror, a window.

And, Komako struggled forward as if she bore her sacrifice, or her punishment. A few months before his death inhe wrote an abbreviated version of the work, which he titled “Gleanings from Snow Country”, that shortened the novel to a few spare pages, a length that placed it among his Palm-of-the-Hand Storiesa form to which Kawabata devoted particular attention for more than 50 years.

The style of writing in Spring Snow is sparse and startling like a haiku. View all 5 comments. Guilt for maybe owing each other something more than moments.

This novel is a heart-rending portrayal of that life, told through the story of a Snow Country Geisha, Komako, who kawabsta a rich idler from Tokyo, Shimamura, who comes to the town to enjoy the hot springs the area is famous for. They meet a total of three times in two years.


As the stars came nearer, the sky retreated deeper and deeper into the night color. That process enhances, even as it limits. Floating, or swimming, against the tide.

But what of the girl who comes between them? I cast a doubtful glance at him and asked: Honestly I didn’t find it as joyous and ecstatic as I was enchanted by the Beauty and Sadness by the same author!

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Komako is a forlorn but appealing figure who is forced to make her own way in life as a hot springs geisha, bereft of family. There is very little philosophising. Vague is the word prolific Japanese translator Ccountry Seidensticker uses, but it implies Related Video Shorts 0 Upload your video. Between Shimamura and Komako, all my sympathy went to the girl Komako, only nineteen years old, yet burdened with a sadness and despair wel beyond her age.

Another ciuntry, Yoko, hovers purposelessly around the narrative until, for no apparent reason, Komako and Shimamura have a fight over his feelings? Snow Country 1 29 Aug 12, Dingkang Zhang I think if you want to merely read a book about geishas, this might not be the one which you are looking for.

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So, the next time someone alights from a rickety train on a faint evening into a land bearing my stamp for as far as the eyes go, he will extend his arms in anticipation of an embrace that will not congeal his thoughts but would set them in riveting motion, softly swaying them in the gust of impermanent realities and navigating them into the warm kotatsu of permanent memoirs.


In Japan’s snow country, the part of the island which falls west of the central mountain range and is caressed by the winds from Siberia, Shimamura has an affair with a geisha named Komako.

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Maybe it was her solitary grace, her silent solitary grace and confidence, as I was a terribly shy and socially awkward child. Primarily, a love story. I am a man of literature. A dramatic display of each emotion. Red lips, porcelain face, Songs of crimson snow, Lonely love. I read “Thousand Cranes” straight after reading and reviewing “Snow Country”: As with any other entanglement to those who aren’t fooling themselvesonce intimacy is established, emotions begin to steep and complicate what should be, in theory, a simple exchange of, hrrrrm, cash for services.

Japanese Maple [By Clive James] http: In the town, the overhangs of buildings over the sidewalks form a tunnel through the snow in winter.

In Kawabata’s footsteps to ‘Snow Country’

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At first I found it difficult to know where to put this book and what to expect from it. Going to where you’ve already been? Back and forth between these poles she moves, and the client’s lust and disgust for her shift accordingly.