Yasunari Kawabata tells a story of wasted lover set amid the desolate beauty of western Japan, the snowiest region on Earth. It is there, at an isolated mountain hotspring, that the wealthy sophisticate Shimamura meets the geisha Komako, who gives herself to him without regrets, knowing that their passion cannot last.
Shimamura is a dilettante of the feelings; Komako has staked her life on them. Their affair can have only one outcome. Yet, in chronicling its doomed course, one of Japan's greatest modern writers creates a novel dense in implication and exalting in its sadness.
Original title: 雪国 (Yukiguni) [Snow Country]
Genre: Fiction→ General Fiction→ Literary Fiction/classics