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My Essay, A Close Look at Yasunari Kawabata's "Love Suicides" published in OPEN: JA&L (1 Viewer)


Senior Member
absolutely love Kawabata, thank you for sharing your views! I'll have to give this one a read soon...

Pamelyn Casto

WF Veterans
Thank you, Darren and Greyson. I've mostly just discovered Kawabata and that one story has already made me a fan. I hope to pick up a collection of his work soon. This little puzzle of a story is still puzzling me and I like that in a story. There's no easy way out, and no easy answers.

Pamelyn Casto

WF Veterans
I had a brain slip or something. I said I want to get a collection of Yasunari Kawabata's work. I already *have* a collection of his work. I have Palm-of-the-Hand Stories (Translated from the Japanese by Lane Dunlop & J. Martin Holman.) I've read a few of his stories, enough to know he's a great writer. Now I intend to dig in hard and read all of them. "Love Suicides" really got to me. Sorry about the mistake.

According to one of the translator's the palm-of-the-hand story "appears to have been Kawabata's basic unit of composition from which his longer works were built, after the manner of linked-verse poetry, in which discrete verses are joined to form a longer poem, the linkage between each dependent on subtle shifts as the poem continues. Kawabata might have been, at heart, more of a 'palmist'--a writer of palm -of-the-hand stories. He's known in the West, says the translator, as a novelist mainly due to the huge success of Snow Country. What I find terribly fascinating is that in my collection there's a story titled "Gleanings from Snow Country" and it is a miniaturization of the novel that brought Kawabata so much fame.