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Japan the Beautiful and Myself

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Paperback, 74 pages
Published September 1st 1981 by Kodansha America (first published January 1st 1969)
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Jason Keenan
Nov 28, 2013 Jason Keenan rated it really liked it
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A short look at Japanese literature and art - or more correctly what is behind these things - make up that was Yasunari Kawabata's Nobel Prize for Literature acceptance speech in 1968.

In the span of 30 pages he leaps to the roots of Japanese arts in the 10th and 11th centuries. What's clear is the highest art is about what is not there rather than what is there. As well it's not so much about what is shown - but what it represents. Symbolism is the key. That's why a Japanese garden of stone and
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Antonio
May 10, 2014 Antonio rated it it was amazing
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Me puse a "hojearlo" anoche y termine leyéndolo todo de nuevo. Cada vez descubro más cosas entre las letras de Kawabata, los japoneses tienen una manera muy particular y muy bella de ver la vida a traves del arte.

2 fragmentos (de muchos) que explotan con ese minimalismo japonés que permea el zen.

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Una sola flor deslumbra más que cien flores.
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El blanco, que parece incoloro, además de resultar el color más puro, contiene en sí a todos los demás.
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Muchas veces se nos olvida, lo importante qu
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diana
Jan 08, 2016 diana rated it really liked it
"The time of the snows, of the moon, of the blossoms------then more than ever we think of our comrades." (...)
The excitement of beauty calls forth strong fellow feelings, yearnings for companionship, and the word "comrade" can be taken to mean "human being".


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Ananko-san
irgendwie hatte ich mir diese Novelle anders vorgestellt. Beziehungsweise ich hatte gedacht, dass es sich bei diesem Buch um eine Novelle handelt. Das es aber tatsächlich "nur" die Rede ist, die Kawabata bei der Übergabe des Nobelpreises gehalten hat, wusste ich vorher nicht.
Diese Tatsache hat der Qualität des Textes aber keinesfalls einen Abbruch getan. Ich fand das Werk sprachlich ganz bemerkenswert und habe, da ich es auf englisch gelesen habe, meine Wörterbücher ordentlich zum Qualmen gebra
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Nick
Jul 01, 2016 Nick rated it liked it
Into it, but it's kind of a pamphlet, you know?
Kelly
Aug 25, 2009 Kelly rated it really liked it
"Here we have the emptiness, the nothingness, of the Orient. My own works have been described as works of emptiness, but it is not to be taken for the nihilism of the West."
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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.

Nobel Lecture: 1968
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