The Rainbow: A Novel (Vintage International) (Paperback)

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Available in English for the very first time, a powerful, poignant novel about three half sisters in post-war Japan, from the Nobel Prize-winning author of Snow Country.

With the Second World War only a few years in the past, and Japan still reeling from its effects, two sisters—born to the same father but different mothers—struggle to make sense of the new world in which they are coming of age. Asako, the younger, has become obsessed with locating a third sibling, while also experiencing love for the first time. While Momoko, their father’s first child—haunted by the loss of her kamikaze boyfriend and their final, disturbing days together—seeks comfort in a series of unhealthy romances. And both sisters find themselves unable to outrun the legacies of their late mothers. A thoughtful, probing novel about the enduring traumas of war, the unbreakable bonds of family, and the inescapability of the past, The Rainbow is a searing, melancholy work from one of Japan’s greatest writers. A VINTAGE ORIGINAL.

About the Author

YASUNARI KAWABATA, winner of the 1968 Nobel Prize for Literature, is one of Japan's most distinguished novelists. Born in Osaka in 1899, he published his first stories while he was still in high school. He graduated from Tokyo Imperial University in 1924. His story "The Izu Dancer," first published in 1925, appeared in The Atlantic Monthly in 1955. Among his major novels published in the United States are Snow Country (1956), The Master of Go (1972), and Beauty and Sadness (1975). Kawabata was found dead, by his own hand, in 1972.

Praise For…

“Full of surprises . . . Kawabata was not the first modern Japanese novelist to be translated into English, but for many American readers he introduced a nation’s literary sensibility . . . The sympathy and solidity with which the young women [in The Rainbow] are etched is unusual in Kawabata’s oeuvre, and the book’s nifty, suspenseful plotting is rare, too . . . The reader watches in fascination as the lives of the three half-sisters, for all their separations of geography and blood, increasingly come to interweave . . . The Rainbow adds a valuable layer to the portrait of the artist revealed by his work.” —The Wall Street Journal

"The Rainbow is a work of great beauty and austerity, matched by Trowell’s fine translation . . . What commends it most, however, is its resistance to nostalgia in the face of catastrophe and its determination to find moments of transcendence amid tragedy. Everything, it reminds us, is as fleeting as snow itself.” —Financial Times

"Kawabata’s classic novel . . . The Rainbow is at once a well-told story and a loving portrait of a family in transition – as Japan was, during this deeply consequential period in its history." —The Telegraph

Product Details
ISBN: 9780593314920
ISBN-10: 0593314921
Publisher: Vintage
Publication Date: November 7th, 2023
Pages: 224
Language: English
Series: Vintage International

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