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Palm-of-the-Hand Stories (1988) [Collection]
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Though known by English for his brilliant novelistic work, Yasunari Kawabata believed that the essence of his art was expresses in a series of short short stories written over the entire span of his career. Despite their brevity, these stories contain most of the elements of Kawabata's longer work. Just as a haiku may contain a richness rivaling that of a longer poem, so these stories, in the plenitude of their content, the complexity of their psychology, and the sharpness of their observation of human life, rival longer prose fictions.


  • A Sunny Place
  • The Weaker Vessel
  • The Girl Who Approached the Fire
  • A Saw and Childbirth
  • The Grasshopper and the Bell Cricket
  • The Ring
  • Hair
  • Canaries
  • Harbor Town
  • Photograph
  • The White Flower
  • The Incident of the Dead Face
  • Glass
  • The O-Shin Jizo
  • The Sliding Rock
  • Thank You
  • The Silverberry Thief
  • Summer Shoes
  • A Child's Viewpoint
  • Love Suicides
  • The Maidens' Prayers
  • Toward Winter
  • The Sparrow's Matchmaking
  • The Hat Incident
  • One Person's Happiness
  • There Is a God
  • Goldfish on the Roof
  • Mother
  • Morning Nails
  • The Young Lady of Suruga
  • Yuriko
  • God's Bones
  • A Smile Outside the Night Stall
  • The Blind Man and the Girl
  • The Wife's Search
  • Her Mother's Eye
  • Thunder in Autumn
  • Household
  • The Rainy Station
  • At the Pawnshop
  • Lavatory Buddhahood
  • The Man Who Did Not Smile
  • Samurai Descendant
  • The Rooster and the Dancing Girl
  • Makeup
  • The Bound Husband
  • Sleeping Habit
  • Umbrella
  • Death Mask
  • Faces
  • The Younger Sister's Clothes
  • The Wife of the Autumn Wind
  • A Pet Dog's Safe Birthing
  • Hometown
  • Water
  • The Silver Fifty-Sen Pieces
  • Tabi
  • The Jay
  • Bamboo-Leaf Boats
  • Eggs
  • The Snakes
  • Autumn Rain
  • The Neighbors
  • Up in the Tree
  • Riding Clothes
  • Immortality
  • Earth
  • The White Horse
  • Snow
  • Gleanings from Snow Country

Original title: Palm-of-the-Hand Stories
Original languages: Japanese


Genre: FictionGeneral FictionLiterary Fiction/classics

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Edition #1: Palm-of-the-Hand Stories

Palm-of-the-Hand Stories (1988)
Edition Details:

Language: English

Translated by: Lane Dunlop J. Martin Holman
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Palm-of-the-Hand Stories (November 14, 2006)

Format: Paperback
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
ISBN: 0374530491
Dimensions: 5.4 x 8.8 x 0.7 in
Pages: 280

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