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The Lake

The Lake is the history of an obsession. It traces a man's sad pursuit of an unattainable perfection, a beauty out of reach, admired from a distance, unconsummated. Homeless, a fugitive from an ambiguous crime, his is an incurable longing that drives him to shadow nameless women in the street and hide in ditches as they pass above him, beautiful and aloof. For their beauty is not of this world, but of a dream--the voice of a girl he meets in a Turkish bath is "an angel's," the figures of two students he follows seem to "glide over the green grass that hid their knees." Reality is the durable ugliness that is his constant companion and is symbolized in the grotesque deformity of the hero's feet. And it is the irreconcilable nature of these worlds that explains the strangely dehumanized, shadowy quality of the eroticism that pervades this novel. In a sense The Lake is a formless novel, a "happening," making it one of the most modern of all Kawabata's works. Just as the hero's interest might be caught by some passing stranger, so the course of the novel swerves abruptly from present to past, memory shades into hallucination, dreams break suddenly into daylight. It is an extraordinary performance of free association, made all the more astonishing for the skill with which these fragments are resolved within the completed tapestry.

Publisher : Kodansha International
Published : 1978
Page : 160 p.
Rating :
Barcode Call Number Status Note
PB013884 PL832.A9 On shelf  Login 

MARC Information

010 a : LC control number 
73089699 
016 a : Record control number 
BA00075251 
016 2 : Source 
JP-ToKJK 
020 a : ISBN 
0870113658 
040 a : Original cataloging agency 
NII 
041 a : Language code of text/sound track or separate title 
eng 
041 h : Language code of original and/or intermediate translations of text 
jpn 
050 a : Classification No. 
082 a : Classification number 
895.6/3/4 
100 6 : Linkage 
100 a : Author 
245 c : Statement of responsibility, etc. 
Translated by Reiko Tsukimura. 
245 a : Title 
The Lake 
246 6 : Linkage 
880-02 
246 a : Title proper/short title 
Mizūmi 
250 a : Edition statement 
1st ed. 
260 a : Place of publication 
Tokyo 
260 b : Name of publisher 
Kodansha International 
260 c : Date of publication 
1978 
300 a : Total pages 
160 p. 
300 c : Dimensions 
23 cm. 
500 a : General note 
Translation of Mizuumi. 
500 a : General note 
First paperback edition, 1978. 
520 a : Description 
The Lake is the history of an obsession. It traces a man's sad pursuit of an unattainable perfection, a beauty out of reach, admired from a distance, unconsummated. Homeless, a fugitive from an ambiguous crime, his is an incurable longing that drives him to shadow nameless women in the street and hide in ditches as they pass above him, beautiful and aloof. For their beauty is not of this world, but of a dream--the voice of a girl he meets in a Turkish bath is "an angel's," the figures of two students he follows seem to "glide over the green grass that hid their knees." Reality is the durable ugliness that is his constant companion and is symbolized in the grotesque deformity of the hero's feet. And it is the irreconcilable nature of these worlds that explains the strangely dehumanized, shadowy quality of the eroticism that pervades this novel. In a sense The Lake is a formless novel, a "happening," making it one of the most modern of all Kawabata's works. Just as the hero's interest might be caught by some passing stranger, so the course of the novel swerves abruptly from present to past, memory shades into hallucination, dreams break suddenly into daylight. It is an extraordinary performance of free association, made all the more astonishing for the skill with which these fragments are resolved within the completed tapestry. 
852 a : Location 
JF-Bangkok(FA017222) 
852 b : Sublocation or collection 
852 i : Item part 
pbk. 
880 6 : Linkage 
100-01/$1 
880 6 : Linkage 
246-02/$1 

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