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SNOW COUNTRY by Yasunari Kawabata



Pub Date: Jan. 7th, 1956
ISBN: 0679761047
Publisher: Knopf

A short novel- essentially a mood piece- has a strange, somnolent, still fascination- and it is the timeless, limitless character of the ""snow country"" which shrouds this brief idyll. Shimamura, a dilettante and a man of the world- from Tokyo, comes to the small mountain village where he is attracted by the unpredictable, and sometimes secretive, ways of Komako- a geisha girl, and by the serious dedication of another girl- Yoko- who is nursing a dying man. He leaves, only to return again -- and again- drawn by Komako's unhappy love for him, by Yoko's loveliness, and by the clear, cold beauty of this remote world of the mountains and the skies.... A stylized artistry here which should attract a selective following.