If we read Dandelions not as an unfinished masterpiece but as a work in dialogue with the themes of love, desire, and the language beyond language, it feels not broken off but rather open to possibility, trembling with the potential for interpretation. Rather than longing for what lies beyond the final page, we can turn our attention to what has already been presented, however mysteriously, and consider it from different perspectives, as one turns a faceted crystal under a light.

—Larissa Pham, The Nation

A fascinating discovery, Kawabata’s unfinished final novel Dandelions is a great master’s last word

Dandelions

Fiction by Yasunari Kawabata

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Paperback (published December 12, 2017)

ISBN
9780811224093
Price US
14.95
Price CN
19.95
Trim Size
5x8
Page Count
128

Ebook (published December 12, 2017)

ISBN
9780811224109

If we read Dandelions not as an unfinished masterpiece but as a work in dialogue with the themes of love, desire, and the language beyond language, it feels not broken off but rather open to possibility, trembling with the potential for interpretation. Rather than longing for what lies beyond the final page, we can turn our attention to what has already been presented, however mysteriously, and consider it from different perspectives, as one turns a faceted crystal under a light.

—Larissa Pham, The Nation

A literary habit like no other—quietly devastating fiction. Behind a lyrical and understated surface, chaotic passions pulse.

—“The Independent* (London)

Kawabata lusted for purity: his characters live the contradictions.

Boston Globe

Kawabata is a poet of the gentlest shades, of the evanescent, the imperceptible.

Commonweal

Kawabata’s novels are among the most affecting and original works of our time.

The New York Times Book Review

Flowers, bells, wounded trees: the natural and human worlds meet and mingle in this slender, sharply honed narrative.

Kirkus Reviews

A gentle study of madness. Enchanting.

Publisher’s Weekly

Yasunari Kawabata’s lusciously peculiar novel Dandelions was unfinished when he took his life in 1972. It’s a story of love and loss and mania, told in sparse, arresting prose.

The Paris Review