- Kawabata, Yasunari (1899-1972)
- Born: 14 June 1899, Osaka
- Graduated from Tokyo Imperial University
- Additional career: Reporter for Mainichi Shimbun
- Awards: The Nobel Prize in Literature 1968
Most important works
- 1926 The Dancing Girl of Izu
- 1937 Snow Country
- 1954 The Master of Go
- 1949 Thousand Cranes
- 1954 The Sound of the Mountain
- 1954 The Lake
- 1961 The House of Sleeping Beauties
- 1962 The Old Capital
- 1964 Beauty and Sadness
Kawabata is without a question one of the most remarkable Japanese novelists. He is famous of his lyrical works such as Snow Country, Yukiguni.
Kawabata Yasunari in Japanese stamp
Kawabata Yasunari was born in Osaka, June 14, 1899. His father, Eikichi Kawabata was a famous physician who died to tuberculosis when Yasunari was just two. His mother died a year after that and since then he lived with his grandmother, until her death when he was seven. His sister died after two years. He lost his grandfather when he was fourteen, after which he moved to his mother's hometown.
He graduated Tokyo Imperial University in 1924 after which he was emplyed by Maichichi Shimbun.
In Kawabata's works, it is still possible to realize the atmosphere from early 19th century, as well as the deaths of her family. Kawabata described himself "a child without home or family." He said he learned too soon what it means to be rootless.
Perhaps most interesting elements of his life was his refusal to serve the wheels of the military. Without a question, war, as well as losing his family members in such a young age, had a deep influence for his works. Himself he stated that after the war he could only write elegies. He wasn't too happy about the political reforms that came after the World War II.
But Kawabata embraced his roots, whatever there was left of them. His writing has a very Japanese feel to it. Kawawbata is often said to be one of the most Japanese writers.
His first work Snow Country, which he wrote 1934, and was first published in short parts from 1935 to 1937. His other works are Thousand Cranes, The Sound of the Mountain, The House of the Sleeping Beauties, Beauty and Sadness and The Old Capital. The Master of Go, published in 1951 is said to be his finest work, although some say that it is the lyrical Snow Country. The Nobel Committee cited three of his novels, Snow Country, Thousand Cranes, and The Old Capital (Kyoto) in the award ceremony.
His works have been also translated to many foreign languages and is broadly known abroad. He was also president of Japanese P.E.N. after the war.
It's much because of his accomplishments that Japanese literature is known so well abroad these days. Without a question, his work had strong effect on development of modern Japanese fiction.
Two years after death of Yukio Mishima, Kawabata committed suicide in 1972 by gassing himself. There however was something strange about his death. Many people, including his wife were unsure whether it really was a suicide or accident.
i wanna salut Mr Kawabata from istanbul, turkey as one of his best readers. we have still non translated Kawabata books in Turkish. though i read em in english i want all turkish people read his writings. he opened my mind..
thanx 4 everything
Lễ chiêu hồn, truyện ngắn (Shokonsai ikkei, 1921)
Vũ nữ Izu (伊豆の踊り子 Izu no Odoriko 1926)
Những truyện ngắn trong ḷng bàn tay (掌の小説 Tenohira no shosetsu, 1926)
Hồng đoàn Asakusa (Asakusa Kurerai dan, 1930)
Thuỷ tinh huyền tưởng (Suisho genso, 1931)
Cầm thú (Kinju, 1933)
Xứ tuyết, tiểu thuyết đầu tiên (雪国 Yukiguni, 1935-37, 1947)
Ngàn cánh hạc (千羽鶴 Sembazuru, 1949-52)
Danh thủ cờ vây (名人 Meijin, 1951-54)
Tiếng rền của núi (山の音 Yama no Oto, 1949-54)
Hồ (Mizuumi, 1955)
Người đẹp say ngủ (眠れる美女 Nemueru bijo, 1961)
Cố đô (古都 Koto, 1962)
Cái đẹp và nỗi buồn (美しさと哀しみと Utsukushisa to Kanashimi to, 1964)
Cánh tay, truyện ngắn (1965)
Đất Phù Tang, cái đẹp và tôi, diễn từ nhận giải Nobel (Utsukushii Nihon no watakushi, 1968)
Tóc dài (Kani wa Nagaku, 1970)
please send me a copy of sir yasunari's THE MOLE...
thank you and more power...