from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Kawabata, Yasunari 1899-1972. Japanese writer whose novels, including Thousand Cranes (1959), often concern alienated, lonely individuals in search of beauty and purity. He won the 1968 Nobel Prize for literature.


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  • Even if we feel excluded, as it were, from his writing by a root system, more or less foreign to us, of ancient Japanese ideas and instincts, we may find it tempting in Kawabata to notice certain similarities of temperament with European writers from our own time.

    Nobel Prize in Literature 1968 - Presentation Speech

  • Under that title Kawabata talked about a unique kind of mysticism which is found not only in Japanese thought but also more widely

    Kenzaburo Oe - Nobel Lecture

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  • The Nobel-winning novelist Kenzaburo Oe has said that the modern Japanese prose of Tanizaki and Kawabata finds its roots in the ancient short verse of tanka and haiku—forms marked by brevity, elegance and highly refined naturalism.

    Rebel Ascendant

  • Some writers, like the Nobel laureate Yasunari Kawabata 1899-1972, responded by staging novelistic retreats into rural idylls that seem set outside the realm of time and history.

    Rebel Ascendant

  • Ariko Kawabata wrote: This kind of a story, of a child who has a long long absurd name, is a Japanese old folk tale.

    Tikki-tikki-tembo No sa rembo Hari bari brooshki Peri pen do Hiki pon pom Nichi no miano Dom boriko

  • The son had denounced the father, and Kawabata, on seeing the contempt in the faces of his fellow ninjas, had asked for permission to commit seppuku.

    Blood Ninja II

  • But then, thought Little Kawabata, there was something unnatural about all of this.

    Blood Ninja II

  • Luckily, his son, Little Kawabata, had managed to prevent the messenger from reaching his destination.

    Blood Ninja II

  • “My name is Kawabata,” said the man ingratiatingly.

    Blood Ninja II


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