Wistful, delicate and beautifully understated, Kawabata’s novella of doomed love and the caprices of the human condition is the finest achievement by a figurehead of Japanese prose.
Shimamura is tired of the bustling city.
He takes the train through the snow to the mountains of the west coast of Japan, to meet with a geisha he believes he loves.
Beautiful and innocent, Komako is tightly bound by the rules of a rural geisha, and lives a life of servitude and seclusion that is alien to Shimamura, and their love offers no freedom to either of them.
Snow Country is both delicate and subtle, reflecting in Kawabata's exact, lyrical writing the unspoken love and the understated passion of the young Japanese couple.
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Number of pages: 128
Weight: 100 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 7 mm
'Beautifully economical... the haiku works entirely by implication; so, in this novel, using the same delicate, glancing technique, Mr. Kawabata probes a complicated human relationship' - The Times Literary Supplement
'Kawabata's novels are among the most affecting and original works of our time' - The New York Times Book Review
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