Author(s): Yasunari Kawabata

Fiction | Authors of Japan

Beautifully spare and deeply strange, Dandelions-exploring love and madness-is Kawabata's final novel, left incomplete when he committed suicide in April, 1972. The book concerns Ineko's mother and Kuno, the young man who loves Ineko and wants to marry her. The two have left Ineko at the Ikuta Mental Hospital, which she has entered for treatment of a condition that might be called "seizures of body blindness." Although her vision as a whole is unaffected, she periodically becomes unable to see her lover Kuno's body: when this occurs, Ineko breaks down. Whether or not her condition actually constitutes madness is a topic of heated discussion between Kuno and Ineko's mother...In this tantalizing book, Kawabata explores the incommunicability of desire as well as desire's relation to the urge to hide. With Dandelions, Kawabata carries the art of the novel, where he always suggested more than he stated, into mysterious new realms.


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Best known in the West for such novels as Snow Country, Beauty and Sadness, and A Thousand Cranes, Yasunari Kawabata was born in Osaka in 1899. In 1968 he became the first Japanese writer to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature. Michael Emmerich is an associate professor in the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of California. He is the author of "The Tale of Genji": Translation, Canonization, and World Literature and the translator of numerous books from the Japanese.

General Fields

  • : 9780811224093
  • : New Directions Publishing Corporation
  • : New Directions Publishing Corporation
  • : 0.15
  • : December 2017
  • : 203mm X 135mm X 10mm
  • : United States
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Yasunari Kawabata
  • : Paperback
  • : 895.6344
  • : 128