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Dansatoarea din Izu

3.80  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,473 Ratings  ·  90 Reviews
Povestirile lui Kawabata au frumusetea unor stampe japoneze, delicatetea si echivocul lor incarcat de semnificatii subterane. Textul care da titlul volumului - Dansatoarea din Izu - este considerat la piece de resistance; singuratatea si prima dragoste, cautarea de sine, granita precara dintre inocenta copilariei si constiinta propriei sexualitati - acestea sunt temele pre ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published 2008 by Humanitas Fiction (first published 1926)
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Naturally, I did not speak.

Love fades in most curious ways. Differences between characters, tastes, choices; monotony, the attraction that seems to dwindle through the years, in a minute. It evaporates when someone loves too much whereas the other party only exists, yearning for another opportunity. The tragedy of never been in love with somebody else's mind. Admiration slowly fading away. A growing indifference that cannot be concealed with a thousand cherry blossoms.
Possibilities that offer
“When so many are lonely as seem to be lonely, it would be inexcusably selfish to be lonely alone.”
― Tennessee Williams, Camino Real

The Dancing Girl of Izu
looking from afar
wishing to break the silence
that haunts them tonight

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Diary of My Sixteenth Year
lonely child
forced to grow
as leaves fall

crowded oil
fading away
amid the ashes

The Master of Funerals
existence whispers
ancient songs of winter times

solitude lingers

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Gathering Ashes
old dust
makes the nose bleed
when cicadas cry
Feb 14, 2015 Praj rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: yk, にほん
"As death approaches, memory erodes. Recent memories are the first to succumb. Death works its way backward until it reaches memory's earliest beginnings. Then memory flares up for an instant, just like a flame about to go out. That is the "prayer in the mother tongue."

A string of solemn words sprint from my mind onto my lips at slight picture of a funeral that passes on the street. With my hands pressed palm to palm; expressing gratitude to the death a prayer in the mother tongue, “Bless the de
I'm hovering between 3 and 4 stars for this book and I can't decide, because I liked some of the stories, others depressed me, while one in particular was horrifying. I mostly feel like a superficial and uninitiated reader who stood at the foot of a complex work, but was not able to grasp it. Moreover, I let my personal weaknesses flood my perceiving of Kawabata's writing, judging it and condemning it for the uncomfortable and unbearable feelings he aroused inside me.

I don't even know whom to re
Mar 06, 2015 Cristina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
La danzarina de Izu es una buena opción para aproximarse al universo de Kawabata. Se trata de un relato breve en el que se narra un enamoramiento juvenil entre un estudiante tokiota de viaje por la península de Izu y una joven percusionista, una bailarina para él, que se encuentra por la zona trabajando con su familia, un grupo de músicos ambulantes.

¿Por qué digo que es una buena manera de acercarse a Kawabata?

En primer lugar porque ya se entrevé aquí, siendo esta su ópera prima, escrita a los 2
Apr 02, 2016 Waqas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amidst the flamboyancy of melodramatic love affairs and the tragic passionate tales of infatuation, comes a perceptive story of love so subtle that the former seem extremely solid where dipping only a finger will get you hurt and displeased. But here one dives headlong into the pools of tender emotions only to come out deprived of their grey-tinted pigments as the hues of first love leave their permanent inklings on us. But oftentimes fluttering emotions take a flight into the distant skies of p ...more
Feb 04, 2016 umberto rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, japan
I’ve longed to read “The Izu Dancer” by Yasunari Kawabata but I couldn’t find one till last November. The book was a bit disappointing due to such thrifty length, merely 21 pages, of the mentioned title as well as three obscure stories, except the title of “The Counterfeiter” casually seen somewhere, by Yasushi Inoue. So whenever I leafed through the stories, I couldn’t help asking myself, “Inoue who?” since his name was unfamiliar to me till I couldn’t recall reading any of his works before. Th ...more
Emeraldia Ayakashi
May 09, 2014 Emeraldia Ayakashi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: big-in-japan
5 new exemplary beauty, sometimes tight and will require breaks and reflection (or even several readings) to understand the full meaning. 5 news that we speak of love with subtlety and unspoken, old age and beauty of death exacerbates sensations and feelings.
5 new contemplative and poetic that emphasizes the impermanence and transience of happiness in life.

"The danseuze Izu" is the first publication of Kawabata. This new, published in 1926, made him famous man who would become one of the greates
Jan 30, 2013 David rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: big-red-circle
Five stars for "The Dancing Girl..." Classic Kawabata in many respects, but there's also sobbing on a random schoolboy at the end.

The rest of the stories were lacking in sustenance, I felt. Shikoku had a few mentions, about which I was a faintly excited, but they've rather put me off the other Palm-of-the-Hand Stories. And without them I'll never achieve "Kawabata Completion"! Is it just me, but does "palm-of-the-hand" sound like they're supposed to be a bit raunchy?
Feb 07, 2011 Terri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For anyone who has watched a loved one slip away from dementia, old age, or illness, the autobiographical story "Diary of My Sixteenth Year" contained in this book will be both painfully familiar and oddly comforting. The other stories are also beautiful and haunting - I especially like the Money Road. The collection of short, short stories at the end are all challenging - their meaning isn't always clear, but they are beautiful and will stay with you for a long long time.
Aug 03, 2015 Tosh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The most impressive narrative/short story is "The Dancing Girl of Izu." I never had a passion for Kawabata's work compared to someone like Osamu Dazai, but still, I admire his poetic ability with the narrative. The beauty of his work (as well as Dazai) is his ability to convey his life as a work of fiction. Reading these stories, one can just presume that this is memoir writing - yet, it's not. It's fiction. Dazai is a huge influence on my writing, with respect that one can use their life, and p ...more
Faiza Sattar
The mystifying aspect of the book is perhaps lost entirely to poor translation. I enjoyed bits and parts of the book where I felt the translator's sentences did justice to what the author was saying. But the prose mostly fell flat and brazen and failed to evoke sentiments in me which I'm sure were due had I read the original or a better translation.

Japanese literary mindset is one which holds beauty and mystery quite similar to the literary culture of Latin America but this unfortunately could
Cris N.
I originally read Kawabata's story "The Dancing Girl of Izu" about an year ago as a separate work from this particular book. The story has to do with the interactions between a young male student from Tokyo, and a small group of travelling performers that he meets while touring the Izu Peninsula. The student falls in love with a girl from the group and only later realizes that she's actually a child, so she's not "of age" yet (I'm not sure how the student failed to notice that from the start). S ...more
Rita Sophie
Apr 05, 2015 Rita Sophie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The reading was difficult, having to check Larousse every other word... My poor French!
But the writing was so beautiful, I slowed my finishing this book on purpose. Kawabata is not Murakami, for sure! His characters are so alive, even after more than 60 years... I was there, in that small garden of hers, with Kyoko in 'La lune dans l'eau', and for a moment I thought she would jump from that train.
As I was sure Yuzo would abandon Fujiko in 'Retrouvailles'. At the end of the day, he might as well
Gertrude & Victoria
This collection of short stories by Kawabata Yasunari demonstrates his meticulous attention to detail. The Dancing Girl of Izu and Other Stories are an exquisite blend of artistry and imagination. The popular title story, set in a rustic landscape between sea, mountain and sky, The Dancing Girl of Izu is beautiful look into the world of a dancing troupe and their customs of work, rest and play.

Kawabata, the first Japanese novelist to win the Nobel Prize is more like a sculptor than a painter, in
mehran memarzadeh
The Dancing Girl of Izu", (Japanese: 伊豆の踊り子, izu no odoriko) published in 1926, was the first work of literature by Japanese author Yasunari Kawabata to achieve great popular and critical acclaim. The short story was first translated into English by Edward Seidensticker and published in an abridged form in The Atlantic Monthly in 1952. A complete English translation of the story was made by J. Martin Holman and appeared in a collection of Kawabata's early literature published as The Dancing Girl ...more
P.H. Wilson
Real rating: 7/10
A collection of short stories by the great Kawabata. Through these pages the reader meets the picturesque melancholy of being that is Kawabata's work, his rhythmic poetic flow cascades through out and offers to us the realisation that death, love, and sex all ride the same lines. They are pure states of being that leave us as the being we are. From the opening pages of the dancing girl we are brought into this world where the philosophical nature of being is brought to light. Th
Russell Bittner
“My head had become clear water, dripping away drop by drop.” (p. 33).

As was the case with Beauty and Sadness, a certain lightness of touch is the best way I know to describe Kawabata’s prose. Plot-points in each of these stories are just that: mere points. If there’s anything as heavy as a brush stroke, it stays in the background as a very faint wash. Even the penultimate sentence of his best-known story – and the one from which this collection takes its title – is as mystical as it is visual.
Mina Soare
This was a Christmas present from a friend, that is, I don't usually read this kind of books so I can't compare it to a better one. For me it was a five star. In a very close personal manner you get to know the simple, ordinary workings of a student, of an old wife, of an abandoned lover, of a young wife who lived in innocence, and a naive girl who never knew she'd been in love, of countless other people that you see through the narrator's mind's eye.
Patrick McCoy
Yasunari Kawabata's The Dancing Girl of Izu and Other Stories (1954) is a collection that mirrors many of Kawabata's main themes over the years of his books and stories. A the forefront is "The Dancing Girl of Izu," which is one of his best known works and one that was made into a film by Mikio Naruse called Dancing Girl aka Maihime in 1951. Naruse also made a fine version of Kawabata's novel Sound of the Mountain in 1954. It is a mediation on the innocence of and fleeting nature of true beauty ...more
Aug 20, 2016 Jon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
The stories are hit or miss but the title story, "the dancing girl of izu" is a subtle yet powerful coming-of-age story of a young man experiencing young love. Usually these stories are cheese but this one was very good. The other stories were generally just okay to me with some of them feeling like diary entries. If you liked his "palm of the hand stories" you may end up liking some of the other material in this book.
I only like a few of the "palm of the hand" stories that make up the second half of this book, but I still have to give the 4 stars because of how much I love the title story (The dancing girl of Izu), which I've read now maybe 4, 5, or 6 times in the last 25 years. One of my favorite short stories of all time for sure, and I would definitely give it 5 stars if it were published by itself.
Irina T
The volume I read contains 8 short stories each of them so different that you begin to wonder if they're written by the same author. "The Dancing Girl of Izu" ends when you expect it to start, "Cristal Fantasies" is pretty gross, dealing with embryology and animals, "Elegy" is pretty nice, a little controversial, about life after death, mediums and the lover's death, "Animals" deals with a man that has a passion for birds and animals, "The Thrush" is about a man that cheats on his wife and gets ...more
Veronika KaoruSaionji
The Dancing Girl of Izu is beautiful story about tender and pure love young boy for young girl. It is so cute! I does not like heterosexual romance, but I very like it. The other stories are similar nice. This and Sound of the mountain is my favourite by Kawabata.
Dec 14, 2008 Dini rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, translation
Ternyata oh ternyata buku ini ada juga di Goodreads. Seingat saya waktu membacanya beberapa tahun lalu cerita-cerita di dalamnya cukup unik (ini cara lain mengatakan kalau saya nggak begitu ngerti ceritanya, hehehe).
I read some of these stories, including The Dancing Girl of Izu to my students. I like Kawabata, but find his style of confessional autobiography a little unsettling some times. I was once like that.
D Fisher
Dec 21, 2015 D Fisher rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The second part of this collection was a lot like the Palm of The Hand Stories, which was excellent. But the first part gives one a different taste of the man: the autobiographical stories Oil & Gathering Ashes, and Diary of My Sixteenth Year really hit home for me, the narrator's--Kawabata--relationship with his grandfather was so moving. But the gem still remains The Dancing Girl of Izu, a story so simple yet nostalgic with so many layers and depth to it. There's hardly any better story to ...more
Vickey Foggin
A collection of short stories that are fictionalised autobiography of some moments in the author's life. It may have been a translation error but I found most of the stories (except the first, Dancing Girl of Izu) to be disjointed and chaotic. They read more like a stack of notes rather than a finished product, and this was compounded by the author's in text notes that he lost pages here and there or made some stuff up in the previous section. I believe I am not clever enough to appreciate the g ...more
Marcelo Lee
Dec 24, 2014 Marcelo Lee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Como nos meus Kawabatas favoritos, ABSOLUTAMENTE NADA acontece, mas me prendo a cada detalhe da partida de go, ao som do tambor que acompanha as dançarinas e ao choro da menina desolada por não conseguir ir ao cinema.

Ainda me impressiona como o Kawabata consegue ser poético dessa maneira em histórias completamente mundanas e simples como essa. Sem cair em metáforas, paralelos sofisticados ou raciocínios elaborados, simplesmente contando uma breve história de um estudante viajando com uma família
Apr 30, 2015 Kathy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who are interested in the Japanese aesthetic concept of 物の哀れ (mono no aware)
One of my favourite Japanese literature that manifests beautifully the Japanese aesthetic concepts of mono no aware (物の哀れ), wabi-sabi (侘寂) and yūgen (幽玄) through the description of the sorrow and grief of parting, and the joy and happiness of reunion experienced in human life. The story is heart-stirring yet at the same time soul-soothing. It is not a difficult book with an exciting climax; instead, it's a book that flows slowly and silently. One tip for reading this book is that: try not to foc ...more
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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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“Oh, to be laughed at when I have the courage to speak my heart. I don't want to live in a world like this."

-from "Diary of My Sixteenth Year”
“When you die, there is nothing--only a life that will be forgotten."

-from "Gathering Ashes”
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