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Beauty and Sadness (Japanese: 美しさと哀しみと Utsukushisa to kanashimi to) is a 1964 novel by Japanese author Yasunari Kawabata.

Opening on the train to Kyoto, the narrative, in characteristic Kawabata fashion, subtly brings up issues of tradition and modernity as it explores writer Oki Toshio's reunion with a young lover from his past, Otoko Ueno, who is now a famous artist and r
Paperback, 206 pages
Published January 30th 1996 by Vintage (first published 1961)
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Aug 04, 2013 Dolors rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: those in search of more than a compelling title
Recommended to Dolors by: Cristina
Shelves: read-in-2013, asian
“A book must be the axe for the frozen sea within us.” Frank Kafka.

Beauty and Sadness is much more than a mere contrivance to attract potential readers, this magic narration, shrouded in magnificent contradiction, has the power to shock right from the beginning with the indwelling lyricism emanating from its title.
Beauty and Sadness. Opposing concepts fused and confused in a blur of balmy ocher and passionate red, in the inevitable passage of time and the timelessness of the frozen moment, in t
Mar 21, 2012 B0nnie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Beauty and Sadness is an understated, delicate story. It begins with the sad memories of Oki Toshio, an eminent writer - and then, gradually but fiercely, reveals how those long ago events have done damage to the lives of many. All is revealed in an uncomplicated style, and without overt judgement from the author. He lets the story speak for itself.

Oki longs for a meeting with Ueno Otoko (now famous too, an artist) the woman whose youth he ruined, and to whom the past echoes with obligations
Glenn Sumi
Jan 01, 2016 Glenn Sumi rated it really liked it
This quiet, haunting novel puts an intriguing twist on the love triangle narrative.

Oki Toshio is a well-known middle-aged writer. When he was in his early 30s, he had an affair with an innocent teenager, Otoko, got her pregnant (he was married at the time) and essentially ruined her life. He then dealt with the experience in a novel, which remains his most popular work.

Now he’s curious about seeing Otoko again. She’s a famous yet reclusive artist, still beautiful, and living in Kyoto with her y
Mar 26, 2010 Praj rated it really liked it
Shelves: yk, にほん
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If we rid ourselves of every cultural artifact that blended love and hate together in equal measure, we would be be left with very little that is worth remembering. Love without hate is optimistic and hate without love is depressing but to have both! That is an accurate portrayal of ourselves, and after countless millennia we still crave the tales that delve unflinchingly into that bright and terrible line between the two.

But is it really a line? What causes one to cross it, and for how long? A
Mar 24, 2011 Mariel rated it liked it
Recommends it for: beauty is for teenagers
Recommended to Mariel by: sadness is for teenagers
This is gonna get hypothetical because there are film versions of Beauty and Sadness: Tristesse et beauté and Utsukushisa to kanashimi. Somehow I haven't seen either one of these, not even when mass viewing Charlotte Rampling films in the early '00s; nor when bingeing on Japanese cinema, also in the early '00s. I'll rectify this in the future! My movie watching has dropped off significantly in the last three years. Maybe it's how I take on foriegn feelings as if they could be related to me. I've ...more
May 13, 2014 سلطان rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
كاواباتا كاتب من طراز مختلف، هذه الرواية تغوص في عمق النفس البشرية بشكل عجيب، وتحديداً في شخصية الكاتب "أوكي"، اهتمام كاواباتا بشكل خاص، والأدب الياباني بشكل عام بأدق تفاصيل المشاعر البشرية، وكذلك أدق تفاصيل الطبيعة، يجعل من أعمالهم حالة خاصة في عالم الكتابة.
بداية تعاطفت مع بطلة الرواية، ثم تعاطفت مع بطلها أوكي، وتوقفت كثيراً وأنا أقرأ هذا العمل، للتفكير في مدى حكمنا على الأشخاص بالخير أو الشر من خلال القرارات التي يتخذونها في حياتهم تجاه غيرهم.

أنصح بقراءة هذه الرواية، وقد يكون لهذا النصح ظلال ع
Revel Atkinson
Oct 09, 2008 Revel Atkinson rated it it was amazing
I sometimes wonder how I manage to avoid living under a blanket of sadness myself. Is the past not fuller than the future? Does it pose more of a threat to loneliness or is it the cause? It’s not permanent—I’m not willing to subject myself to that quite yet—but I live mostly alone in the desert, a temporary hermit at twenty-three. I read Beauty and Sadness recently, and found myself constantly jumping between Kawabata’s story and my own. Oki, who is roughly thirty years older than I, and Otoko, ...more
Mar 24, 2013 Cristina rated it it was amazing
Shelves: japonesa
Definitivamente Kawabata atrapa.

El segundo libro que leo de este autor y me ha gustado más que el primero, País de Nieve. Kawabata es pura prosa poética. Te envuelve y te embriaga de tal forma que no puedes dejarlo hasta que has terminado. Precisión perfecta en el uso del lenguaje y dominio exquisito del ritmo de la narración. Maestro en el arte de sugerir, Kawabata juega con la imaginación del lector para que sea ésta la que complete los vacíos que va dejando.

Lo bello y lo triste es un análisi
Sep 10, 2012 Tfitoby rated it liked it
Shelves: lit, translation
Kawabata's Nobel Prize winning novel of love, sex, and revenge, memory, growing old, and obsession.

"Her awareness of her body was inseparable from her memory of his embrace."

His work is deceptively simple, seemingly all touching on similar subject matter with a similar clean and clear, straight forward style that manage to capture a certain mood of longing in his protagonists and dislocation from their lives yet evocative of time and place and providing deep insight in to their souls.

This one wa
Nina Rapsodia
May 07, 2015 Nina Rapsodia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Los que les gusta lo japonés
Recommended to Nina by: Nadie
Shelves: borrowed, to-buy-soon
Escribir sobre literatura japonesa siempre me ha parecido un reto. A pesar de que es mi tercer libro del autor, de alguna manera siento que escribir sobre historias japonesas me queda grande, porque nunca podré explicar realmente la experiencia de acercarse a esta maravillosa cultura y menos llegar a comprenderla en su totalidad. Pero bueno, no se debe dejar de intentarlo así que voy de nuevo.

Oki Toshio es un escritor ya entrado en los cincuenta años y un día decide viajar a Kyoto a pasar la vel
Ahmad Sharabiani
Beauty and Sadness, Yasunari Kawabata
عنوان: زیبایی و افسردگی؛ نویسنده: یاسوناری کاواباتا؛ مترجم: رضا دادویی؛ نشر آدورا؛
یاسوناری کاواباتا (1899 - 1972) نخستین ژاپنی برنده جایزه ادبیات نوبل است. «رقصنده ایزو»، «دهکده برفی»، «هزار درنا»، «آوای کوهستانی»، «خانه خوبرویان خفته» و «زیبایی و افسردگی» و ...؛ از آثار این نویسنده ژاپنی ست که به فارسی ترجمه و منتشر شده اند
"I'm not afraid of suicide. The worst thing is being sick of life." (53)
I decided to expand my reading of Japanese writers beyond the small circle of favorites—particularly Dazai and Mishima—with Kawabata. I ordered three of his works, and settled on Beauty and Sadness as a first encounter—largely, admittedly, due to its intriguing and sublime title. The story centers on a love affair between a fifteen-year-old girl (Otoko) and a married-with-child (Taichiro) thirty-year-old man (Oki). Oki later
Jul 21, 2012 umberto rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, literature, japan
I enjoyed reading this novel by Kawabata due to, I think, my familiarity with his writing style especially his brief descriptions and lively dialogs as communicated by key characters. Indeed, this fantastic novel should deserve a little more in its five-star scale, that is, 3.5 (but I can't rate it there in the meantime) because it's more enjoyable than "Snow Country" or "Thousand Cranes" which are seemingly a bit philosophical. I mean they're all right if you need something to read, reflect and ...more
Jan 19, 2016 RK-ique rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, kawabata
Another, my fourth, novel from Kawabata. But this one is very different from the other three.

Beauty and Sadness is a novel of love and betrayal, vengeance and deceit. Unlike the other books, the story moves steadily towards an end that is not always apparent. Instead of one central character, Kawabata shifts the centre of attention over three characters.

In the other three books, Snow Country, Thousand Cranes and The Sound of the Mountain, much of the 'action' was carried by description, by sub
مناف زيتون
هذه الرواية هي الحياة باختصار
Tsung Wei
Feb 19, 2017 Tsung Wei rated it really liked it
”Shall we play dolphin?”

I’m really, really torn about this one. I wanted to give up but the revenge plot kept me in. Excuse the schizoid review but that’s how it goes.

Once again Kawabata creates an enchanting world with vivid descriptions and luscious prose. If nothing else, Kyoto has got to be on my must visit list.

But then there is the sordid plot.

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Jul 24, 2010 Guy rated it did not like it

When I bought this book, second hand but 'new,' I ignored the little alarms that warned me to keep my money in my pocket. I had spent too much time looking for my usual dreck in my local used bookstore, and had made myself late — books before life! As I'm in the process of leaving the store I see atop an 'in-box' near the cash register Beauty and Sadness. I decided that the author being Japanese out-weighed my caution against him being a Nobel prize winner. I allowed my visual aesthetic to tumbl
Jun 16, 2007 Kelly rated it really liked it
Shelves: japanese
Beauty and Sadness tells of how people damage one another--through greed, seduction, and even through art. All of the characters in this look are manipulative to a certain degree, even our favorites. One of the characters was so blatently irrational that I couldn't tell if Kawabata meant for her to be a farse.

It's the type of book that I appreciate more after I've read it and start thinking about it, rather than during. I know in the future certain scenes or quotes will pop into my mind.

A defi
Oct 02, 2011 David rated it it was amazing
Shelves: big-red-circle
A bit of a shocker. I remembered "Snow Country" as being about old people and snow. This is crammed with sizzling lesbians. There's beauty and sadness in spades, but he's also left lots of room for some very bad romance. Steamy.

I think I'm right to say that this has my first Japanese-fiction daytime outdoors sex scene.

This was obviously written by a man, and you probably don't want to read it if you are serious about your lesbianism.
A lettura ultimata ho un momento di sbatti-ciglia piuttosto in riga con la mia sensibilità decisamente occidentale che cozza con quella giapponese: si riconfermano gran parte delle sensazioni, perplessità divertita - lo confesso - davanti a certi modi di esprimere i propri sentimenti (mordersi a vicenda quando si vuole infliggere del male al proprio partner per riscattarsi), certi modi di pensare e ancora certe ostinazioni che vanno fuori dai miei codici, principi e abitudini, e proprio perché n ...more
Feb 22, 2017 Engie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kawabata maneja una narrativa sumamente delicada y hermosa.
My fourth Kawabata book, this and two others being novels and another a collection of short stories...
I don't know if ruminations about the sea and stone gardens and cherry blossoms and fireflies or whatever make this story any less the lurid soap opera. Nonetheless, it's all a framework for what Kawabata does best, about which I elaborate below.
The story, in a nutshell, is told partly in retrospect and partly in the present. A novelist in his 50s, Oki, recalls how at age 30 (when he was newly m
Jan 17, 2017 Pablo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Zizek en su introducción del libro Ideología: un mapa de la cuestión. Establece como ciertos autores utilizan la palabra "y" como una categoría. Categoría que sirve para expresar en primer lugar lo más abstracto, y en segundo lugar como eso abstracto se concretiza, sus condiciones de existencia.

En este libro, creo que podría aplicarse la anterior categoría. ¿Qué es lo bello? las pinturas de Otoko, su tragedia de amor con Oki, la belleza de Keiko, los paisajes por donde transitan los personajes.
William Clemens
Jul 18, 2011 William Clemens rated it really liked it
I always like reading Kawabata for the sense of other that it gives. In any translation I feel that his stories are so soaked in Japanese tradition that they are hard to completely understand, and yet they are so simple and delicate that they convey their story beautifully even though the characters emotions and motivations are not as easy to see.

An aging author reflects on his true life affair with a 16 yr old girl when he was 30. That 16 yr old girl, now a middle aged woman, reflects on hersel
Mar 13, 2015 Pustulio rated it it was amazing
2da Review:
Lo volví a leer, porque hubo puntos el de Tanpinar que me hicieron recordar este libro en particular de Kawabata. Y no sé pero lo disfrute muchísimo. Sigue siendo mi favorito de este autor. Y es como su nombre lo dice muy BESHO y muy TRISTE.

1era. Review - Definitivamente fue mi favorito de Kawabata.

Super chismoso, super buena la historia y un final de NEMEMES.

Ahora que ya termine los que tenía de Kawabata, es super bonito leerlo. Conocer más acerca de la cultura japonesa, pero no
Feb 26, 2015 Mona rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: asian
Tratándose del nobel Kawabata es imposible no calificar la novela como nostálgica, triste y con constantes referencias a la soledad. Esos sentimientos los transmite a la perfección. A diferencia del otro libro que leí (País de nieve) este es mucho más sexual. Los personajes son muy peculiares pero tienen una personalidad muy fuerte y me ha gustado. Aunque no negaré que a menudo me dejaban muy descolocada. Lo único que me ha cojeado ha sido eso y que el final es muy abrupto, como si le faltaran p ...more
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Jan 18, 2015 Asma AlBatli . rated it liked it
مايكتبه كاواباتا يصنّف كوجبة لذيذة؛ تستمتع بها دون أن تترك فيك أثرًا .
تجربة أوليّة لي مع الأدب الياباني .. بالتأكيد كانت تجربة جميلة وثريّة؛ الرواية تقدّم شكل من أشكال المشاعر المفرطة التي تحملها المرأة تجاه من تحب .. كيف تتحول عدم قدرتها على النسيان إلى عبء تحمله معها كزاد في الحياة .
Helvry Sinaga
Novel ini pertama kali diterjemahkan ke dalam Bahasa Indonesia oleh Asrul Sani pada Tahun 1980. Utsukushisa To Kanashimi To merupakan novel terakhir karya Yasunari Kawabata sebelum ia ditemukan tewas karena bunuh diri pada Tahun 1972. Novel ini juga telah diangkat ke layar lebar dengan judul With Beauty and Sadness (1965).

Novel ini berpusat pada tokoh utama Oki Toshio yang memiliki kenangan cinta masa lalu pada seorang perempuan, Ueno Otoko. Namun, dari cinta masa lalu tersebut, seorang perempua
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رؤية نقدية

رواية (حزن وجمال) للروائي الحاصل على جائزة نوبل للآداب عام 1968 الذي مات منتحرا عام 1972. ( ياسوناري كاواباتا)
(حزن وجمال) رواية ربما أن كتبت عنها لن اوفي حقها ولكن سأحاول أن أقف عن الملامح الجمالية والمحزنة في الرواية.

الرواية تتحدث وبعيدا عن متاهة أسماء الشخصيات اليابانية التي تحتاج من القارئ التمعن للتفريق بينها. عن (كاتب روائي) يبلغ الخمسين ونيف يتذكر (حبيبته) التي أغرم بها قبل خمسة عشرين عاما، الذي قطع علاقته بها خلال تلك الفترة. يعود للتواصل معها بعدما عرف عنها أنها أصبحت (رسامة)
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Yasunari Kawabata (川端 康成) was a Japanese short story writer and novelist whose spare, lyrical, subtly-shaded prose works won him the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1968, the first Japanese author to receive the award. His works have enjoyed broad international appeal and are still widely read.

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