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Impulsado por la nostalgia, Oki Toshio, un escritor casado, decide viajar a Kioto para oír las campanas del templo en el Año Nuevo. Pero además quiere ver a Otoko, antigua amante a la que había humillado. Todavía hermosa, Otoko, ahora pintora, vive con su protegida Keiko, una joven amoral, sensual y apasionada de apenas veinte años. Y lo que comienza como un reencuentro se ...more
209 pages
Published (first published 1961)
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Dolors
Aug 11, 2013 Dolors rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those in search of more than a compelling title
Recommended to Dolors by: Cristina
Shelves: read-in-2013
“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
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B0nnie
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
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Praj
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Aubrey
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
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Mariel
Apr 06, 2011 Mariel rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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
Revel Atkinson
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
Tfitoby
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
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سلطان
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
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umberto
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
Anastasia
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
Kelly
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
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Nibra Tee
This is one of the books that appeal to the senses with its delicately layered and often soporific quality. On the surface it contemplates on the otherworldliness of love and the transcendence of loss, and, in this book, the two are hardly asunder. One can't help but question if such love is indeed possible; if hatred is not always the opposite of love. With a dream-like emotional obscurity, it felt that the book is veiled by a subdued haze reminiscent of a midsummer night in the countryside: li ...more
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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William Clemens
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
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Jonfaith
While I loved Kawabata's morality tale, it certainly helps not to think about it. Beauty and Sadness may then be emblematic of my holiday weekend. I finally felt good and productive after nasty sinus issues. I ran errands, rode my bike every day, my wife was home and my best friend was in from New York. The suddenly while laughing with two of my favorite people, I recognized how seldom I am able to simply hang out with Joel and my wife, drink beer and talk about Sarkozy and Terrence Stamp. Did i ...more
Evan
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
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Alina
This is a story about Otaka, a beautiful painter, and her passionate protegee Keiko. Otaka had an affair with a married man (Oki) in her youth; the affair resulted in a pregnancy, the death of that newbord, and Otaka's suicide attempt. It also resulted in that man leaving Otaka, yet later writing a 'fictional novel' that detailed their entire relationship. The entire community figured out whom the novel was based on.
Needless to say, Otaka was hurt. Fastforward 15 years and Keiko, Otaka's teenage
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David
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.
Hadrian
A bleak and beautiful and tragic novel, slowly unwinding and unraveling love, lust, beauty, and revenge. Kawabata earns his Nobel many times over.
Guy



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
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Julia
My first impression of this book – logically – was the title and i fell immediately in love with ist simple evocativeness: Beauty and Sadness – i just had to read a book with a title like this.

I needed to take some time and think the book over before sitting down to write a review because it left me with some really mixed feelings. On the one hand I really loved the language: many haiku-like moments in which Kawabata creates atmosphere with some scarce strokes well set. Maybe it’s also because
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Cristina
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
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William
Seeking revenge for her love, young painter Keiko seduces novelist Toshio, the man who seduced Keiko's mentor thirty years before. As neither the novelist or the older artist Otoko have forgotten their affair, each is perversely lured by the opportunity to use the girl as a stand-in for the other. Toshio concedes that his fictionalization of the affair will remain all that he is remembered by (the characters have all read it, including Toshio's wife who typed the manuscript), but Keiko's confuse ...more
Ana
Haciendo un análisis frío y técnico, la obra tiene una composición común: inicio, nudo y desenlace sin mayores cambios; una historia de amor tormentoso: hombre mayor se enamora de una chiquilla inocente e ingenua, nada fura de lo común… entonces ¿dónde reside la genialidad de esta novela? En la narrativa impecable y sensual de Yasunari Kawabata, sus descripciones son tan minuciosamente detalladas que las hojas van pasando sin darse cuenta.

La creación de sus personajes me hizo empatizar de inmedi
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Edward Rathke
With beauty and sorrow, Kawabata's story unfolds in light touches, tracing the shape of lives.

The title is fitting as it weaves these two substances together over every page. The beauty of love, and the sorrow of love. Nothing was perfect and everything hurt. Erotic and emotional, a novel about destruction and chasing ghosts, about the ghosts that haunt your life even when you think you've forgotten.

It's short and beautiful, lyrical and powerful.

It's Kawabata.
Ben Winch
Kawabata. I’ve never quite understood why he broke through in the west. Of the 2 or 3 novels I’ve read (this, Snow Country – or was it The Lake? – House of the Sleeping Beauties) none has really gripped me, nor left me much to chew on. But with this one I think I see the appeal. It’s clear, sparse, character-based, plot-driven. I liked the erotic slant – the understanding, in Kawabata, of forces rarely examined by writers, less concerned with sex-scenes than with the slow accretion of emotion ov ...more
Megachristina
Gentle, smooth, beautiful writing, but tragic and sad ending story
Alexandra
To me, this book is perfection.
Lewis Manalo
Really smutty. My favorite book.
Maggie
Lo bello, la impresionante y antigua ciudad de Kyoto. Lo triste, la nostalgia de un amor fallido.
Oki va a Kyoto a escuchar las campanas de año nuevo a lado de su ex amante de hace más de 20 años, una artista llamada Otoko, y este encuentro revive sentimientos viejos pero jamás ignorados en ambos, y también en Keiko la aprendiz de Otoko. Oki, siendo escritor, plasmó su historia con Otoko con la particularidad de que ella tenia 16 años y él más de 30. Eso se me hizo muy Lolita, pero bueno. Ambos p
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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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