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Palm-of-the-Hand Stories

Yasunari Kawabata; Translated from the Japanese by Lane Dunlop and J. Martin Holman

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Winner of the 1968 Nobel Prize in Literature, Yasunari Kawabata is perhaps best known in the United States for his novel Snow Country. But Kawabata himself felt that the essence of his art was to be found not in his spare, concise novels but in a series of short stories—which he called "Palm-of-the-Hand Stories"—written over the entire span of his career. He began experimenting with the form in 1923 and returned to it often. In fact, his final work was a "palm-sized" reduction of Snow Country, written not long before his suicide in 1972.
 
These stories reflect Kawabata's abiding interest in the miniature, the wisp of plot reduced to the essential. In them we find loneliness, love, the passage of time, and death. Palm-of-the-Hand Stories captures the range and complexity of one of the twentieth century's notable writers of short fiction.

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  • Yasunari Kawabata; Translated from the Japanese by Lane Dunlop and J. Martin Holman

  • Yasunari Kawabata was born in Osaka, Japan, in 1899 and before World War II had established himself as his country’s leading novelist. Among his major works are Snow Country, A Thousand Cranes, and The Master of Go. Awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1968, he died in 1972.
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Yasunari Kawabata; Translated from the Japanese by Lane Dunlop and J. Martin Holman

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