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ISBN-10: 0811224090
ISBN-13: 9780811224093
Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publish Date: 12/12/2017
Dimensions: 7.90" L, 5.10" W, 0.40" H

Dandelions

Translator: Michael Emmerich

Paperback

Price: $14.95

Overview

A fascinating discovery, Dandelions is Kawabata’s final novel, left incomplete when he committed suicide in 1972.

Beautifully spare and deeply strange, Dandelions explores love and madness and consists almost entirely conversations between a woman identified only as Ineko’s mother, and Kuno, a young man who loves Ineko and wants to marry her. The two have left Ineko at the Ikuta Clinic, a mental hospital, which she has entered for treatment of somagnosia, 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. Whether this condition actually constitutes madness is a topic of heated discussion between Kuno and Ineko’s mother: Kuno believes Ineko’s blindness is actually an expression of her love for him, as it is only he, the beloved, she cannot see.

In this tantalizing book, Kawabata explores the incommunicability of desire and carries the art of the novel, where he always suggested more than he stated, into mysterious and strange new realms. Dandelions is the final word of a truly great master, the first Japanese winner of the Nobel Prize.

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Yasunari Kawabata's final novel Dandelions is a treasure, unfinished due to the author's sad death, but remarkably whole and deeply gorgeous. A woman named Ineko is quietly committed to a mental institution in a placid small town, and afterwards, her beloved, Kuno, and Ineko's mother discuss illness, fate, karma, death, suffering, and marriage. There's so much pleasure in these conversations, and the urgency and familial frictions of the present occasion lend a lovely intimate realism to the philosophizing. Inez's affliction, body blindness, seems part of a curious exploration of trauma. As in Kawabata's Palm of the Hand stories, this novel rings with echoes of past tragedy, and the language is richly pleasurable and imagistic. Certain lines haunt like poetic refrains: Married couples can accommodate all kinds of peculiar things, A bell isn't a body, and To enter the Buddha world is easy, to enter the world of demons is difficult.–Gini Balibrera "Literati Bookstore"
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Details

ISBN-10: 0811224090
ISBN-13: 9780811224093
Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publish Date: 12/12/2017
Dimensions: 7.90" L, 5.10" W, 0.40" H
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