Can a man really be happy?

Wall – Yasunari Kawabata, the first Japanese to win the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1968, is a writer who has made significant contributions to the world of Japanese literature.

Kawabata was born in 1899, during the Meiji period, when the winds of change were blowing. He belongs to a deep-rooted family, but he was orphaned at a young age. Kawabata, who lost his grandparents with whom he lived until he was 15, settled with his relatives next to his mother until he went to university. He is in the book. He falls incessantly. When he was admitted to the University of Tokyo, he published a magazine with a group of literary-loving friends. Objections to Traditional Writing In this magazine they publish stories and poems about the Western concept of literature.

Kawabata, who fully developed himself in the following years, began to draw attention to his written books and gained a significant readership. His influence peaked with the 1968 Nobel Prize in Literature, and his suicide in 1972 immortalized him. There are those who claim that his death was accidental, but his relatives say that he was very sad in his last days.

From 1935 to 1947 …

One of Kawabata’s best works is frozen. Although the book was first published in 1947, the writing process is quite long. Kawabata published the first part of Frozen in the January 1935 issue of the literary magazine Bungei Shunjur. The chapters that followed the series ended in 1937. This is how books are printed. Over the years, Kawabata recreated the text, added new chapters, rewrote some chapters, and finally finalized the book.

Kawabata became acquainted with the Turkish language through his novel Kyoto in the 1960s. The Land of Snow was first translated into Turkish in 1987. Its translator is Nihal Yeginobali.

Although Kawabata has been published by many publishing houses to date, its current stop was Can Yayınları. The publisher has recently published two books by Kawabatar: Cherry Blossoms and Frozen. H. Ken Erkin was the translator of two of their original Japanese books.

An impossible love adventure

Opens with a frozen train ride. A middle-aged man named Shimamura watches people on the train as they look at the road under the snow. He sees a young girl named Yoko, whose name he will learn later, who is with a sick man named Yukio and concentrates on them. He is surprised to find that he landed at the same station as them, considering different possibilities, but they are not the main characters of Shimamura or Frozen.

When Shimamura wanted to spend some time with Geisha at this mountain hotel, which he arrived a few months ago, they sent him a young girl named Komako, but Shimamura was very impressed with him and decided to have an emotional relationship with Komako. Instead of having a temporary life. In fact, it develops somewhat spontaneously. Because it is not a conscious decision. Love is created between them when two people who are stuck in their feelings flow uncontrollably towards each other.

This is the reason for Shimamura’s second journey. He is a relatively intelligent man who makes a living from his family tradition and studies dance. She is married, has children, but all this does not stop her from flowing, on the contrary, it pushes her.

Perhaps the most beautiful aspect of Shimamura and Komako’s relationship is that there is an unspoken love, longing and longing between them. They are both very close and very far from each other. Shimamura learns that one of the reasons for this is Yoko and Yukio, whom he saw on the train. He even thinks that Komako is a geisha to cure sick Yukio. But is it true or a rumor; In an impossible conflict of love, Shimamura begins to think about all this.

Kababata has so skilfully said no in this short novel that we are faced with a moment that is more effective than a soaked love dialogue. As we do this, we begin to better understand the hardships of the characters.

One of the themes with Impossible Love is the class difference. Shimamura actually grew up in a slum in Tokyo, but he lives a comfortable life because of his family’s legacy, and he invests for himself and his family, not leaving it at that. At the hotel where the incident took place, we see poor peasant girls from nearby villages doing geisha. Moreover, they are not “decorated” like the big cities, they are mostly used for sex.

One thing that sets Komako apart is his musical and dance talent. And Comaco always writes something. He keeps a diary, it doesn’t work, he summarizes the books and magazines that hotel guests forget, writes their characters one by one … Although Shimamura first saw it as a futile pursuit, he really got to know Comaco later. It’s a thing that hurts him.

Let me add at the end; After 1950, Snow Country was adapted more than once for television, screen, and theater. Even radio dramas and manga are made. Announced to the curious.

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