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Beauty and Sadness (1963) [Novel]
by Yasunari Kawabata Rating: Weighted - 7.2 / Average - 7.0 of 10 (1 votes) (Rate!)
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Summary (From the publisher):

Love as sickness and immortality, sex as entrapment and revenge—these are the themes that Yasunari Kawabata dramatizes with such coolly mesmerizing power in this novel. At its heart is a destructive love affair between a married writer and a teenage girl that continues to haunt both of them more than twenty years after their last embrace&mash;and whose lingering bitterness poisons everyone around them.

What begins as a sentimental reunion between the aging Oki Toshio and the reclusive artist Otoko Uena escalates into a sinister erotic vendetta. For Keiko, the strange, intense young girl who is Otoko's protégée and lover, is determined to avenge the older woman's past humiliation—even if that means using her own beauty as a weapon.

Original title: 美しさと哀しみと (Utsukushisa to Kanashimi to)
Original languages: Japanese


Genre: FictionGeneral FictionLiterary Fiction/classics


  • Published serially between the years 1961-63

Edition #1: Beauty and Sadness

Beauty and Sadness (1975)
Edition Details:

Language: English

Translated by: Howard Hibbett
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Manifested in:

Beauty and Sadness (January 30, 1996)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: New York
Publisher: Vintage International
ISBN: 0679761055
Pages: 224

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