By Yasunari Kawabata, Edward G. Seidensticker
Move is a online game of approach during which gamers try and encompass each one other’s black or white stones. easy in its basics, infinitely complicated in its execution, pass is an important expression of the japanese spirit. And in his fictional chronicle of a fit performed among a respected and heretofore invincible grasp and a more youthful, extra smooth challenger, Yasunari Kawabata captured the instant within which the immutable traditions of imperial Japan met the onslaught of the 20 th century.
The pageant among the grasp of move and his opponent, Otaké, is waged over a number of months and layered in rite. yet underneath the game’s decorum lie tensions that devour not just the gamers themselves yet their households and retainers—tensions that flip this actual contest right into a duel which can in basic terms result in loss of life. Luminous in its aspect, either suspenseful and serene, The grasp of cross is an elegy for a complete society, written with the poetic economic system and mental acumen that introduced Kawabata the Nobel Prize for Literature.
Translated from the japanese by means of Edward G. Seidensticker