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The tale of Genji : a novel in six parts

by:Murasaki Shikibu, 978?-

The Tale of Genji is one of the world's earliest novels, written in the 11th century. The novel's plot centers on the romantic relationships of the noble hero Genji.

Editions:1120  Date:1537 - 2019  Genre(s):Parables, Romances, Romances, Parables, Romances

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Snow country ; and, Thousand cranes : the Nobel Prize edition of two novels

by:Kawabata, Yasunari, 1899-1972

This book presents English translations of two short novels by the 1968 recipient of the Nobel Prize for Literature. Snow Mountain is a nuanced love story involving a discouraged urbanite (Shimamura) and a rural geisha (Komako). 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. Thousand Cranes is another love story. This melancholy tale uses the classical tea ceremony as a background for the story of a young man's relationships to two women, his father's former mistress and her daughter.

Editions:369  Date:1900 - 2015  Genre(s):Romance fiction, Romance fiction, Love stories


The Makioka sisters

by:Tanizaki, Jun'ichirō, 1886-1965

Four daughters of an old merchant family unknowingly face the end of a gentler way of life in Osaka, Japan in 1938.

Editions:155  Date:1948 - 2016  Genre(s):Novels, Novels, Domestic fiction


The sound of the mountain

by:Kawabata, Yasunari, 1899-1972

"By day Ogata Shingo, an elderly Tokyo businessman, is troubled by small failures of memory. At night he associates the distant rumble he hears from the nearby mountain with the sounds of death. In between are the complex relationships that were once the foundations of Shingo's life: his trying wife; his philandering son; and his beautiful daughter-in-law, who inspires in him both pity and the stirrings of desire. Out of this translucent web of attachments, Kawabata has crafted a novel that is a powerful, serenely observed meditation on the relentless march of time." -- Publisher's description

Editions:197  Date:1930 - 2018  Genre(s):Novels


The decay of the angel

by:Mishima, Yukio, 1925-1970

"Yukio Mishima's The Decay of the Angel is the final novel in his masterful tetralogy, The Sea of Fertility. It is the last installment of Shigekuni Honda's pursuit of the successive reincarnations of his childhood friend Kiyoaki Matsugae. It is the late 1960s and Honda, now an aged and wealthy man, once more encounters a person he believes to be a reincarnation of his friend, Kiyoaki -- this time restored to life as a teenage orphan, Tōru. Adopting the boy as his heir, Honda quickly finds that Tōru is a force to be reckoned with. The final novel of this celebrated tetralogy weaves together the dominant themes of the previous three novels in the series: the decay of Japan's courtly tradition; the essence and value of Buddhist philosophy and aesthetics; and, underlying all, Mishima's apocalyptic vision of the modern era."--Publisher's description.

Editions:95  Date:1971 - 2019  Genre(s):Novels


Thousand cranes

by:Kawabata, Yasunari, 1899-1972

A young man is involved briefly with the two mistresses of his dead father and with the daughter of one of them. In these limited relationships, the limitless human capacity for inertia and illusion is suggested and the infinite strange combinations of human joy and suffering.

Editions:75  Date:1958 - 2013


The master of go

by:Kawabata, Yasunari, 1899-1972

"Go is a game of strategy in which two players attempt to surround each other's black or white stones. Simple in its fundamentals, infinitely complex in its execution, Go is an essential expression of the Japanese spirit. And in his fictional chronicle of a match played between a revered and heretofore invincible Master and a younger, more modern challenger, Yasunari Kawabata captured the moment in which the immutable traditions of imperial Japan met the onslaught of the twentieth century. The competition between the Master of Go and his opponent, Otaké, is waged over several months and layered in ceremony. But beneath the game's decorum lie tensions that consume not only the players themselves but their families and retainers--tensions that turn this particular contest into a duel that can only end in death."--Publisher's description.

Editions:105  Date:1956 - 2017


Some prefer nettles

by:Tanizaki, Jun'ichirō, 1886-1965

A novel of Japanese life, showing the old and the new ways.

Editions:62  Date:1955 - 2012  Genre(s):Novels, Novels


The gossamer years : the diary of a noblewoman of Heian Japan

by:Michitsuna no Haha, approximately 935-995

"This remarkably frank autobiographical diary and personal confession attempts to describe a difficult relationship as it reveals two tempestuous decades of the author's unhappy marriage and her growing indignation at rival wives and mistresses. Too impetuous to be satisfied as a subsidiary wife, this beautiful (and unnamed) noblewoman of the Heian dynasty protests the marriage system of her time in one of Japanese literature's earliest attempts to portray difficult elements of the predominant social hierarchy. A classic work of early Japanese prose, The Gossamer Years is an important example of the development of Heian literature, which, at its best, represents an extraordinary flowering of realistic expression, an attempt, unique for its age, to treat the human condition with frankness and honesty. A timeless and intimate glimpse into the culture of ancient Japan, this translation by Edward Seidensticker paints a revealing picture of married life in the Heian period."--Publisher's description.

Editions:157  Date:1756 - 2018  Genre(s):Diaries


The house of the sleeping beauties, and other stories

by:Kawabata, Yasunari, 1899-1972

From Japan's only Nobel laureate for literature, three superb stories exploring the interplay between erotic fantasy and reality in a loner's mind.

Editions:13  Date:1969  Genre(s):Short stories, Short stories


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