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Pale Fire
Vladimir Nabokov
Sodom and Gomorrah (In Search of Lost Time, #4)
Marcel Proust, C.K. Scott Moncrieff, Terence Kilmartin, D.J. Enright
Chronicle of the 20th Century: The Ultimate Record of Our Times
Clifton Daniel, John W. Kirshon
Thousand Cranes - Yasunari Kawabata, Edward G. Seidensticker Death and sadness are words that seem to go together in a lot of Japanese literature and nobody, it seems, is better at it than Kawabata. He draws his characters as deftly as the the porcelain and china that is used for the tea ceremony itself.His minimalistic style suits his subject and his characters. Which doesn't mean his characters aren't complicated. They show an amazing depth for such a short book. It's his lack of complex plots and numerous characters that can be refreshing especially after reading some European or North American literature. This is a great glimpse into both the Japanese culture and writing.