Yasunari Kawabata Biography

Author (1899–1972)
Yasunari Kawabata was a Japanese writer whose melancholic lyricism echoes an ancient Japanese literary tradition in the modern idiom.


Yasunari Yawabata’s best-known novel, Yukiguni (1948; Snow Country) was begun in 1935 and completed 12 years later. Sembazuru (Thousand Cranes), a series of episodes centered on the tea ceremony, was begun in 1949 and never completed. These and Yama no oto (1949–54; The Sound of the Mountain) are considered to be his best novels, and he was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1968.

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