Snow Country, by Yasunari Kawabata, Limited Editions Club (1990)

Yasunari Kawabata (1899-1972) was the first Japanese author to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature, winning it in 1968 for his prose work, specifically The Old Capital, Thousand Cranes and Snow Country (the Limited Editions Club edition of which reviewed here). His works are certainly classics of Japanese literature, though due to their broad appeal have become classics of World Literature.  Kawabata began writing Snow Country, often considered his masterpiece, in 1934. It was published … Continue reading Snow Country, by Yasunari Kawabata, Limited Editions Club (1990)

‘Sleep’ by Haruki Murakami, Kat Ran Press (2004)

{Ed. Note: This is a guest article from Simon Patterson. Mr. Patterson is the proprietor of Hyraxia Books.} “Sleep” was originally published in the New Yorker and recently adapted for the stage by Complicite, the London-based theater group, and the Setagaya Public Theater of Japan. Considered by many to be Japan’s most popular and influential author, Haruki Murakami tells the story of a woman who ignores conventional … Continue reading ‘Sleep’ by Haruki Murakami, Kat Ran Press (2004)

Poems of Frank O’Hara, Illustrations by Willem de Kooning, Limited Editions Club (1988)

Frank O’Hara (1926 – 1966) was a leading poet of what was known as the New York School, until his life was cut short in an unfortunate and freakish beach accident. His reputation has grown considerably over the years to where he is now considered one of the great American poets of the mid-twentieth century. O’Hara served in the U.S. Navy in World Was II, after which he … Continue reading Poems of Frank O’Hara, Illustrations by Willem de Kooning, Limited Editions Club (1988)