Palm-of-the-Hand Stories (FSG Classics)

By Yasunari Kawabata, Lane Dunlop

Recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1968, the novelist Yasunari Kawabata felt the essence of his artwork was once to be chanced on now not in his longer works yet in a sequence of brief stories―which he referred to as "Palm-of-the-Hand Stories"―written over the span of his profession. In them we discover loneliness, love, and the passage of time, demonstrating the diversity and complexity of a real grasp of brief fiction.

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