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Reviewed in the United States on December 27, 2018
In the throes of my impassioned binge of the works of Nobel Prize winning Japanese writer, Yasunari Kawabata, I've just finished reading his collection of short short stories, Palm-of-the-Hand Stories. It should have come as no surprise in a writer of such Haiku-distilled prose that the works herein would amount to being my new favorites, such is there essence, their finely-honed perfection. There are literally dozens of stories in this slim volume, the longest being no more than 6 pages long, and they span his entire career, ending, in fact, with an extended excerpt from Snow Country. The earliest bunch come from the 1920's and take place in the Asakusa section just outside the Tokyo limits, an 'entertainment' neighborhood well-known at the time for its hedonist delights, a site subsequently celebrated in his early modernist novel, The Scarlet Gang of Asakusa, my very next stop on this epiphany traversal of his incredible work.