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Ne of Japans most distinguished novelists he published his first stories while he was still in high school graduating from Tokyo Imperial University in His short story The Izu Dancer first published inappeared in The Atlantic Monthlyin Kawabata authored numerous novels including Snow Countrywhich cemented his reputation as one of the preeminent voices of his time as well as Thousand CranesThe Sound of the MountainThe Master of Goand Beauty and Sadness He served as the chairman of the PEN Club of Japan for several years and in he was awarded the Goethe Medal in Frankfurt Kawabata died i

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Go is a game of strategy in which two players attempt to surround each others black or white stones Simple in its fundamentals infinitely complex in its execution Go is an essential expression of the Japanese spirit And in his fictional chronicle of a match played between a revered and heretofore invincible Master and a youngermodern challenger Yasunari Kawabata captured the moment in which the immutable traditions of imperial Japan met the onslaught of the twentieth century The competition between the Master of Go and his opponent Otak is waged over several months and layered in cerem

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Ony But beneath the games decorum lie tensions that consume not only the players themselves but their families and retainerstensions that turn this particular contest into a duel that can only end in death Luminous in its detail both suspenseful and serene The Master of Go is an elegy for an entire society written with the poetic economy and psychological acumen that brought Kawabata the Nobel Prize for Literature Translated from the Japanese by Edward G SeidenstickerYasunari Kawabatawas born in Osaka in In he became the first Japanese writer to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature O