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978-0-679-76105-1 / 9780679761051

Beauty and Sadness

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Publisher:Vintage

Edition:Softcover

Language:English

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LOVE AS SICKNESS AND IMMORTALITY, SEX AS ENTRAPMENT AND REVENGE--THESE ARE THE THEMES THAT THE NOBEL PRIZE-WINNING AUTHOR OF SNOW COUNTRY DRAMATIZES WITH SUCH COOLLY MESMERIZING POWER IN THIS NOVEL. AT ITS HEART IS A DESTRUCTIVE LOVE AFFAIR BETWEEN A MARRIED WRITER AND A TEENAGE GIRL THAT CONTINUES TO HAUNT BOTH OF THEM MORE THAN TWENTY YEARS AFTER THEIR LAST EMBRACE--AND WHOSE LINGERING BITTERNESS POISONS EVERYONE AROUND THEM. WHAT BEGINS AS A SENTIMENTAL REUNION BETWEEN THE AGING OKI TOSHIO AND THE RECLUSIVE ARTIST OTOKO UENO ESCALATES INTO A SINISTER EROTIC VENDETTA. FOR KEIKO, THE STRANGE, INTENSE YOUNG GIRL WHO IS OTOKO S PROTEGEE AND LOVER, IS DETERMINED TO AVENGE THE OLDER WOMAN S PAST HUMILITAION--EVEN IF THAT MEANS USING HER OWN BEAUTY AS A WEAPON. SHIFTING UNPREDICTABLY BETWEEN TENDERNESS AND OBSESSION, SERENITY AND SAVAGERY, BEAUTY AND SADNESS CONFIRMS KAWABATA S REPUTATION AS A MODERN JAPANESE MASTER WHO CAN TURN THE TIGHTENING OF AN OBI INTO SOMETHING INFINITELY SUGGESTIVE AND PERVERSE.

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