Snow Country by Yasunari Kawabata, translated by Edward G. Seidensticker / ISBN 9780241597361 / 157-page hardback from Penguin
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Tired of the bustling city, a man takes the train through the snow to Japan's mountains, to meet with a geisha he believes he loves. Beautiful and innocent, she is tightly bound by the rules of a rural geisha, and lives a life of servitude and seclusion. Snow Country, Yasunari Kawabata's masterpiece, is a delicate, subtle meditation on love and its limits.
'A work of beauty and strangeness, one of the most distinguished and moving of Japanese novels' New York Herald Tribune