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Author: 川端康成, 1899-1972. ; Yasunari Kawabata
Publisher: New York] Kodansha International; [distributed by Harper & Row], [1974]
Edition/Format:   Book : Fiction : English : [1st edView all editions and formats
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This story traces a man's sad pursuit of an unattainable perfection, a beauty out of reach, admired from a distance, unconsummated. Homeless, a fugitive from an ambiguous crime, his is an incurable longing that drives him to shadow nameless women in the street and hide in ditches as they pass above him. For their beauty is not of this world, but of a dream-the voice of a girl he meets in a Turkish bath is "an  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Fiction
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Kawabata, Yasunari, 1899-1972.
Lake.
New York] Kodansha International; [distributed by Harper & Row, 1974]
(OCoLC)582746878
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: 川端康成, 1899-1972. ; Yasunari Kawabata
ISBN: 0870112163 9780870112164
OCLC Number: 1139069
Notes: Translation of Mizuumi.
Description: 160 pages 23 cm
Other Titles: Mizuumi.
Responsibility: Translated by Reiko Tsukimura.

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This story traces a man's sad pursuit of an unattainable perfection, a beauty out of reach, admired from a distance, unconsummated. Homeless, a fugitive from an ambiguous crime, his is an incurable longing that drives him to shadow nameless women in the street and hide in ditches as they pass above him. For their beauty is not of this world, but of a dream-the voice of a girl he meets in a Turkish bath is "an angel's," the figures of two students he follows seem to "glide over the green grass that hid their knees." Reality is the durable ugliness that is his constant companion and is symbolized in the grotesque deformity of the hero's feet. And it is the irreconcilable nature of these worlds that explains the strangely dehumanized, shadowy quality of the eroticism that pervades this novel.

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