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Thousand Cranes (1952) [Novel]
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Summary (From the publisher):

With a restraint that barely conceals the ferocity of his characters' passions, one of Japan's great postwar novelists tells a luminous story of desire, regret, and the almost sensual nostalgia that binds the living to the dead.

When Kikuji is invited to a tea ceremony by the mistress of his dead father, he does not expect to become involved with her rival and successor, Mrs. Ota. Nor does he anticipate the depth of suffering that will arise from their liaison. And in Thousand Cranes, even the most fleeting touch or casual utterance has the power to illuminate entire lives—sometimes in the same moment that it destroys them.

Original title: 千羽鶴 (Senbazuru)
Original languages: Japanese


Genre: FictionGeneral FictionLiterary Fiction/classics


  • Published serially between the years 1949-1952.

Edition #1: Thousand Cranes

Thousand Cranes (1958)
Edition Details:

Language: English

Translated by: Edward G. Seidensticker
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Manifested in:

Thousand Cranes (November 26, 1996)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: New York
Publisher: Vintage Books
ISBN: 0679762655
Dimensions: 5.1 x 7.8 x 0.5
Pages: 147

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