―from "Snow Country" by Yasunari Kawabata
Nobel Laureate Yasunari Kawabata was born in Osaka, Japan on this day in 1899.
“The stars, almost too many of them to be true, came forward so brightly that it was as if they were falling with the swiftness of the void.”
―from SNOW COUNTRY
―from SNOW COUNTRY
Nobel Prize winner Yasunari Kawabata’s Snow Country is widely considered to be the writer’s masterpiece: a powerful tale of wasted love set amid the desolate beauty of western Japan. At an isolated mountain hot spring, with snow blanketing every surface, Shimamura, a wealthy dilettante meets Komako, a lowly geisha. She gives herself to him fully and without remorse, despite knowing that their passion cannot last and that the affair can have only one outcome. In chronicling the course of this doomed romance, Kawabata has created a story for the ages — a stunning novel dense in implication and exalting in its sadness. READ an excerpt here: http://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/…/snow-country-by-yasuna…/
我是讀了川端康成的「末期の眼」之譯文 文中提到 古賀春江
古賀 春江（こが はるえ、1895年6月18日 - 1933年9月10日）は大正期に活躍した日本の初期のシュルレアリスムの代表的な洋画家（男性）である。本名は亀雄（よしお）。後に僧籍に入り「古賀良昌（りょうしょう）」と改名する。「春江」はあくまでも通称である。
Harue Koga (古賀 春江 Koga Harue , June 18, 1895 - September 10, 1933) was a Japanese surrealist/avant-garde painter active in the Taishō period.
His lifeHis real name is Yoshio. He entered the priesthood and was renamed "Ryosho Koga"; "Harue" is an alias. He was born as the eldest son of the priest of a buddhist temple, Zenfukuji. He belonged to the Pacific Ocean Painting Association Laboratory and the Japanese Watercolor Painting Laboratory after he had gone to Tokyo. He won Nika Prize for "Burial" in 1922. He established an art group "Action" in the same year. He devoted himself to Paul Klee between 1926 and 1927, and became good friends with Yasunari Kawabata. A lot of his art works were influenced by the movements and painters in the West such as cubism (Fernand Léger), surrealism, Klee, etc., and his style changed one after another in a short term. In general, his work of several years following "Sea" is considered as the beginning of the surrealism painting in Japan, and had a big influence on the following Japanese arts.
‘The Sound of the Mountain’: Yasunari Kawabata’s slow-burning meditation on getting older
BY LOUISE GEORGE KITTAKA
SPECIAL TO THE JAPAN TIMES
MAR 25, 2017
The first Japanese winner of the Nobel Prize in literature in 1968, Yasunari Kawabata, deals with the gradual decline that comes with aging in “The Sound of the Mountain.”
The Sound of the Mountain, by Yasunari Kawabata, Translated by Edward G. Seidensticker.
Family patriarch Shingo Ogata, a businessman nearing retirement, lives with his wife, son and daughter-in-law in Kamakura. Shingo has an affinity for the natural world, which serves as a metaphor for his feelings and reactions to events around him.
He is forced to ponder his own past performance as husband and father when both the marriages of his adult children run into trouble: Daughter Fusako leaves her husband, arriving home with her two small daughters, while her brother, Shuichi, neglects his own wife, Kikuyo, and brazenly carries on an affair. Shingo sees something of a kindred spirit in the devoted and gentle Kikuyo, and his affections for his daughter-in-law are a tad more than fatherly. At the same time, he feels guilt over a long-held infatuation for his late sister-in-law.
Despite his self-perceived shortcomings, Shingo is a sympathetic protagonist, and as he takes action to end his son’s affair and bring him back into the family fold, the book closes with a tentative sense of hope for a happier future for the Ogatas.
Kawabata delivers his characters and their dialogue in sensitively written prose that moves at a leisurely pace, and this domestic drama of is best enjoyed in the same manner.
First English-language edition
Author Yasunari Kawabata
Original title 山の音
Yama no Oto
Translator Edward Seidensticker
Publication date 1949–1954
Published in English 1970 (Knopf)
Media type Print (paperback)