The Sound of the Mountain (English and Japanese Edition)

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Nobel Prize winner Yasunari Kawabata’s The Sound of the Mountain is a beautiful rendering of the predicament of old age — the gradual, reluctant narrowing of a human life, along with the sudden upsurges of passion that illuminate its closing.
 
By day Ogata Shingo, an elderly Tokyo businessman, is troubled by small failures of memory. At night he associates the distant rumble he hears from the nearby mountain with the sounds of death. In between are the complex relationships that were once the foundations of Shingo’s life:  his trying wife; his philandering son; and his beautiful daughter-in-law, who inspires in him both pity and the stirrings of desire. Out of this translucent web of attachments, Kawabata has crafted a novel that is a powerful, serenely observed meditation on the relentless march of time.

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By day Ogata Shingo is troubled by small failures of memory. At night he hears a distant rumble from the nearby mountain, a sound he associates with death. In between are the relationships that were once the foundation of Shingo's life: with his disappointing wife, his philandering son, and his daughter-in-law Kikuko, who instills in him both pity and uneasy stirrings of sexual desire. Out of this translucent web of attachments - and the tiny shifts of loyalty and affection that threaten to sever it irreparably - Kawabata creates a novel that is at once serenely observed and enormously affecting.

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Yasunari Kawabata was born in Osaka in 1899. In 1968 he became the first Japanese writer to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature. One of Japan’s most distinguished novelists, he published his first stories while he was still in high school, graduating from Tokyo Imperial University in 1924. His short story “The Izu Dancer,” first published in 1925, appeared in The Atlantic Monthly in 1955. Kawabata authored numerous novels, including Snow Country (1956), which cemented his reputation as one of the preeminent voices of his time, as well as Thousand Cranes (1959), The Sound of the Mountain (1970), The Master of Go (1972), and Beauty and Sadness (1975). He served as the chairman of the P.E.N. Club of Japan for several years and in 1959 he was awarded the Goethe-medal in Frankfurt. Kawabata died in 1972.

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Book Description Penguin 1974 Paperback, 1974. Condition: Poor. O enredo está centrado na família Ogata de Kamakura, e seus eventos são vistos sob a perspectiva de seu patriarca, Shingo Ogata, um empresário prestes a se aposentar que trabalha em Tóquio. No começo do livro, Shingo tem sessenta e dois anos de idade e, apesar disso, já começa a sentir temporários lapsos de memória, bem como a acordar após sonhos estranhos e perturbadores e a ouvir ocasionalmente sons que ninguém exceto ele escuta, incluindo o som titular que o desperta uma noite. Shingo acredita que o som seja um presságio de sua iminente morte, uma vez que ele tossira sangue (um possível sinal de tuberculose) no ano anterior, mas não procurara uma consulta médica, e o sintoma subsequentemente desapareceu. Embora externamente Shingo não mude sua rotina diária, ele começa a observar e a questionar mais detidamente as suas relações com seus familiares, incluindo sua esposa Yasuko, seu filho promíscuo Shuichi que, nos costumes japoneses da época, vivia com sua esposa na casa dos pais , sua nora Kikuko e sua filha Fusako, a qual foi abandonada por seu marido e retorna ao lar dos Ogatas com suas duas filhas. Shingo percebe que ele não fora um pai e um marido amoroso e envolvente, acreditando que as dificuldades matrimoniais de seus filhos adultos sejam fruto de sua má paternidade. Por meio de sua secretária, Tanizaki Eiko, a qual conhece a vida social e adúltera de Shuichi, Shingo passa a pressionar seu filho para deixar de ser infiel à Kikuko. Contudo, ao mesmo tempo, ele se sente atraído paternal e eroticamente por sua nora, que sofre em silêncio com a infidelidade do marido e cuja beleza física, bem como sua devoção à família, contrasta fortemente com a pessoa de Fusako Ogata, uma mulher bastante ressentida e não tão atraente como sua cunhada. Além disso, Shingo sonha com figuras mortas conhecidas, dentre elas a irmã mais velha de sua esposa, mais bela do que Yasuko, que faleceu jovem e por quem ele nutria uma paixão no passado. O livro pode ser interpretado como uma meditação sobre o envelhecimento, que é provocada em Shingo pelo mundo natural, representado pela montanha mencionada no título e por outros elementos. 218 pages. Seller Inventory # 1123716

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