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The Nobel Prize in Literature 1968 was awarded to Yasunari Kawabata "for his narrative mastery, which with great sensibility expresses the essence of the Japanese mind".

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House of Sleeping Beauties and Other Stories (Nemureru bijo)

Simply... sublime!!!
/Willy, Brazil
Because it's a very confusing and amusing story!!
/Sareh, Iran
'House of the Sleeping Beauties' is a masterpiece. The emotions and thoughts of old Eguchi were moving because they are truthful. Men and women, love and sex, no-love and sex, love and no-sex, all aspects of relationships seem to knit together and dye this Japanese picture with a tragic color, but the whole story is simply beautiful, so beautiful, so pure. I recommend this book and 'Palm-of-the-hand Stories' by the same author.
/Thanh Than, United States

Palm-of-the-Hand Stories (Tenohira no shosetsu)

Because the short stories are very interesting and write in a only y trust language.
/Fatima Chuya, Ecuador
In these very short stories by Kawabata, entire live stories are told in the shortest of moments. They show how truthfully one's entire being can be evinced in the most fleeting of glimpses, of experiences, which change one's life irrevocably everthereafter. One need think only of the great speech of Citizen Kane of the girl in the white dress: this could have been taken directly from a palm-of-the-hand story by Kawabata. And in the spirit of Kawabata, perhaps the best thing that can be said about these stories is that, while any of them can be read in a single sitting - indeed, in five minutes waiting in a doctor's office, or on a train, or just before waking - they, as they do for the characters within them, can stay with you for the rest of your life. These are stories that should not be missed by anyone who truly loves the unequivocable experience of reading.
/Marc-David Jacobs, United States
Kawabata writes with a simple eloquence bordering on poetic. These are extremely short tales that convey huge meaning. They stay with you long after being read. A truly great work by a truly great artist.
/Matt, United States

The Dancing Girl of Izu and Other Stories (Izu no odoriko)

This book is very beautiful and frail.
/Satoko, Japan

The Master of Go (Meijin)

This novel captures the uncomfortable tension in Japan that exists within the mixtures of old traditions and the modern world.
/Zachary Hardy, United States

The Old Capital (Koto)

This beautiful book comes with great sensitivity and power of suggestion. The story of two sisters who are kept away from each other, their reckoning and mutual feelings, combined with great descriptions of Kyoto traditions and landscapes, make a masterpiece. In this book, the main character is, although, the city, the strange city of Kyoto. Astonishing!
/Ricardo Rodrigues, Portugal

The Snow Country (Yukiguni)

What is to be the color of forlorn hope? Or what be the hue if love unattained adorn itself with shades? Kawabata's succinct prose tries to encounter this eternal melancholy with lyrical loveliness. 'Snow country’ is a tale of winter and its associated nothingness. Life nevertheless has to go similar to the train of the very first line which swished past the silent range. Does life resemble the roaring disquiet, nor it would be the snowy mountain like reserved observer? Or what else could we do with our restricted competence against the foregone conclusion of fate? ‘Snow country’ evokes a number of yarning that one might consider the treasure of his/her ever distressed course …
/Hasan Shibly, Bangladesh

The Sound of the Mountain (Yama-no oto)

Kawabata is one of the most important writers in Japan, and his style is very representative of Japanese literature. This novel describes the everyday life and personal relationships in a very delicate way, tipical of Japanese spirit. The tradition of this beautiful country lives in Kawabata's words.
/Chiara Gallese, Italy
It expresses my deepest feelings.
/Griselda, Argentina
Delightfully poetic, lovingly suggestive. Kawabata is one novelist who give the readers adequate clues to form their conclusions.
/Desmond Ang, Singapore

The Sound of the Mountains (Yama-no Oto)

This book lets us rediscover family life and how beautiful it is, and Kawabata is so good at sharing his beautiful vision that this is my favorite novel.
/Jeremiah Carlson, United States

Thousand Cranes (Senbarazu)

In less than 150 pages, Mr Kawabata said all he needed to say about human emotions. And he knew what should be said and what should be left unsaid. Right after reading this book, I read Marilynne Robinson's 'Housekeeping'. 'Thousand Cranes' is like an ikebana arrangement: sparse, balanced with taut & fluid lines all at once, satisfyingly enough. 'Housekeeping' feels to me like a vase brimming with flowers from a well-tended garden. To me they are like the flute and the harp : a good foile for one another.
/Julia Yoong, Malaysia
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