"Kawabata does for the short story what Paul Klee did for painting and Webern for music, showing how to get the profoundest experience and the surest sense of artistic form into an extremely small work. These stories inspire and go on inspiring. They make writing a story seem-and it may be-as natural a result of deep excited feeling as writing a poem."--Kenneth Koch "These stories are jewels, indeed, each one has a soul, a life, or a whole work distilled to palm-sized proportions."--"Chicago Tribune""There are few other writers who could invoke such a lasting memory of a single image with so few words."--"San Francisco Chronicle"
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