The Master of Go
By (author) Yasunari Kawabata
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Master of Go by Yasunari Kawabata
Book DescriptionGo is a game of strategy in which two players attempt to surround each other s black or white stones. Simple in its fundamentals, infinitely complex in its execution, Go is an essential expression of the Japanese spirit. And in his fictional chronicle of a match played between a revered and heretofore invincible Master and a younger, more modern challenger, Yasunari Kawabata captured the moment in which the immutable traditions of imperial Japan met the onslaught of the twentieth century. The competition between the Master of Go and his opponent, Otake, is waged over several months and layered in ceremony. But beneath the game s decorum lie tensions that consume not only the players themselves but their families and retainers tensions that turn this particular contest into a duel that can only end in death. Luminous in its detail, both suspenseful and serene, "The Master of Go "is an elegy for an entire society, written with the poetic economy and psychological acumen that brought Kawabata the Nobel Prize for Literature. "Translated from the Japanese by Edward G. Seidensticker""
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780679761068
(210mm x 140mm x 14mm)
Imprint: Vintage Books
Publisher: Random House USA Inc
Publish Date: 1-Feb-1998
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Yasunari Kawabata
Beauty and Sadness, Paperback (January 2011)
The successful writer Oki has reached middle age and is filled with regrets. He returns to Kyoto to find Otoko, a young woman with whom he had a terrible affair many years before, and discovers that she is now a painter, living with a younger woman as her lover.
Sound of the Mountain, Paperback (January 2011)
Ogata Shingo is growing old, and his memory is failing him. At night he hears only the sound of death in the distant rumble from the mountain. The relationships which have previously defined his life - with his son, his wife, and his attractive daughter-in-law - are dissolving, and Shingo is caught between love and destruction.
Snow Country, Paperback (January 2011)
Shimamura is tired of the bustling city. He takes the train through the snow to the mountains of the west coast of Japan, to meet with a geisha he believes he loves.
Thousand Cranes, Paperback (January 2011)» View all books by Yasunari Kawabata
Kikuji has been invited to a tea ceremony by a mistress of his dead father. He is shocked to find there the mistress's rival and successor, Mrs Ota, and that the ceremony has been awkwardly arranged for him to meet his potential future bride. But he is most shocked to be drawn into a relationship with Mrs Ota.
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