Posts Tagged ‘Yasunari Kawabata’


Kawabata Annotation

March 19, 2007

Okay, this was way more difficult than it should be… It was actually a pain in the butt to write and I don’t know how I feel about the writing. I think there are some interesting ideas in it though…

In Yasunari Kawabata’s House of the Sleeping Beauties the author creates a mysterious and liminal space where the main character Eguchi relives elements of his past romantic life through the sleeping women who inhabit the house. In this story the characters of the sleeping women have virtually no personal story besides the incidental attributes that the main character projects onto them based on things like “working hands”, the appearance of a witch, or milky smooth skin. The women have virtually no history in House of the Sleeping Beauties. They are portrayed more as inert puppets or stagnant reflecting pools for the main character to gaze into while reminiscing on his past exploits.

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