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Dansatoarea din Izu

3.81 of 5 stars 3.81  ·  rating details  ·  1,249 ratings  ·  74 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 1954)
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"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
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
Emeraldia Ayakashi
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
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?
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.
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
Rita Sophie
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
"The Izu Dancer" is really good, but the Yashashi Inoue stories are somewhat disappointing. (Is it just me, or is it excessively misleading to title a book "XXX And Other Stories," without mentioning in the title that the three "other stories" are by a completely different, stylistically distant, and much less well-known and well-respected author than that of the title-story "XXX"? Yeeeeah. Classy marketing move there, Tuttle. Seriously, WTF -- if you think you need to _deceive_ people into read ...more
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
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
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.
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.
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.
Poe 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
Marcelo Lee
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 4 of 5 stars  ·  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
Probably closer to a 4.5. This is an interesting collection of 4 short stories. The title story is by Kawabata while the other 3 are by Yasushi Inoue. This book was published in the early 70's, a couple of years after Kawabata received the Nobel Prize for Literature. So I am not that surprised that his name and stories are slapped upon many book of that period. "The Izu Dancer" is magnificently sparse and its reputation as a classic is well founded but i have enjoyed all things Kawabata so far. ...more
Akhirnya...berkesempatan membaca karya Kawabata yang legendaris.

Buku ini memuat lima novelet yang ditulis dengan mengambil tokoh para penari di Jepang, entah itu penari jalanan ataupun penari profesional. Bukan karya Kawabata namanya kalau tidak ditulis dengan pengamatan estetik yang luar biasa indah, menghanyutkan sekaligus mempesonakan, namun sesungguhnya menjadi simbol atas kesedihan,kemuraman, hingga bau kematian.

Ada cerpen mengenai cinta masa muda yang tidak terutarakan. Ada yang mengisahka
Have you ever read a book and felt it was more than just a book? Because that is how The Dancing Girl of Izu was/is for me. It's a song, a painting, a fleeting dream, a memory hold dear by someone left behind for me to see and feel.
Yasunari Kawabata is definitely a genius. It's rare to see such simple feelings transcending into one's mind while reading a book. The stories don't concentrate on the action, but more on the people and their feelings, toughs, aspirations and dreams. This books feels
This is a book about death. Not the most original subject, yet nonetheless it is done here with a startling power. In my view there are two main elements to Kawabata’s success.

The first is brevity. The book is short, the stories in the book are short, the sentences and the words are short. And because the words are so sparse, it is the spaces between the words that engulf the reader, that must be filled by the reader’s own feelings. Kawabata understands that death is an awful gaping thing which
You ever feel when you are reading a book, especially by someone well-regarded in the literary world, as if you are standing before an abstract piece of art (say, a Rothko), and you say to yourself, "I don't get it?" Well, that is how I kind of felt. These short stories were better than being buffaloed by a piece of abstract art, but nonetheless I wasn't overly impressed either. The stories seemed very personal (perhaps autobiographical) and several were insightful commentaries on Japanese cultu ...more
Cristián Sandoval
Primera publicación de Kawabata, en la que se observa su estética melancólica que busca capturar el momento a través de la descripción leve y sugerente. La historia entre un estudiante y una bailarina tocados por la atracción mutua podría decepcionar a quien busca que el conflicto se resuelva. A lo que nos invita Kawabata es simplemente a contemplar el placer y la belleza de ese deseo enmarcado en la circunspección propia del Japón tradicional.
// Just The Dancing Girl of Izu //

This story takes place in Japan, in the mountains. The writing is really descriptive, which I appreciated a lot. I really liked the melancholy and emotion the story conveys. You could say that it's, in short, a story about a trip, loneliness and shyness, and a really charming one, at that.
Jan Colle
The dancer from Izu is one of my all time favourites combing beauty, nostalgia and youthful love. The French version is exceptionally well translated. Never managed to read the other stories to be honest (not quite sure they're the same as in the French version). Anyway, the dancer is more than worth five stars on its own.
La bailarina de Izu y los relatos que la acompañan hacen parte de un hermoso compendio de historias muy humanas . Desde la perspectiva auto bibliográfica del autor, se nos lleva por aquellos sentimientos que acompañan a la muerte y al adiós. Así, se hace un recorrido por la desesperanza, la desesperación, la locura, la indiferencia, la incertidumbre, la impotencia y muchos otros.
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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”
“It's not right to live so long in this world only moving backward."

-from "Diary of My Sixteenth Year”
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