The Rainbow

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Publisher's Synopsis

'In this masterpiece Kawabata, his brush dipped in silver, renders all the excruciating anguish and beauty of post-war Japan' Edmund White

With the Second World War only a few years in the past, and Japan still reeling from its effects, two sisters - born to the same father but different mothers - struggle to make sense of the new world in which they are coming of age. Asako, the younger, has become obsessed with locating a third sibling, while also experiencing love for the first time. While Momoko, their father's first child - haunted by the loss of her kamikaze boyfriend and their final, disturbing days together - seeks comfort in a series of unhealthy romances. And both sisters find themselves unable to outrun the legacies of their late mothers. A thoughtful, probing novel about the enduring traumas of war, the unbreakable bonds of family and the inescapability of the past, The Rainbow is a searing, melancholy work from one of Japan's greatest writers.

Translated by Haydn Trowell

Book information

ISBN: 9780241542286
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Imprint: Penguin Classics
Pub date:
Edition: C format original
DEWEY: 895.634
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Sales rank: 1215
Number of pages: 400
Weight: 242g
Height: 134mm
Width: 215mm
Spine width: 21mm