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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Tuttle Publishing; English Language edition (2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804811415
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804811415
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.4 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,524,445 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M on October 13, 2012
Format: Paperback
This book contains Edward Seidensticker's classic translation of Kawabata's first great story The Izu Dancer, followed by 3 fine Inoue stories that are fairly translated by Leon Picon. The Seidensticker translation of Izu Dancer is much preferred by myself and those who appreciate a prosaic and flowing translation of Kawabata's story. I have found Holman's alternate translation of Izu Dancer, although considered a more literal version, to be quite stilted and difficult to follow (Holman's other translations of Kawabata stories remain very good.) A recent doctoral dissertation on both translations also convinced me of the superiority of the Seidensticker version.

Dr. Seidensticker was considered one of the great translators of modern Japanese literature during the 20th Century. As a consulting contemporary of Kawabata, it can be fairly assumed that his translations satisfied most of the intentions of the great master. Seidensticker's English translations are thought to be a primary reason Kawabata won the Nobel Prize for Literature.

NOTE: The photo used here by Amazon shows the cover of the older 1972-84 editions of this book. The 2001 version has a young woman against a purple background. Make sure your seller has the actual 2001 edition of this book, as all previous editions contain the ABRIDGED version of Izu Dancer that was originally published in Atlantic Magazine in 1954. The abridgment contains all the important aspects of the story, but in 2001 Seidensticker translated the full version of Izu Dancer along with making some small corrections to his original work.

Of the 3 Inoue stories included (The Counterfeitor, Obasute, The Full Moon), I found The Counterfeitor most interesting as it concerns the life of an art forger.
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By Robert G. Dudley on February 6, 2015
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Good stories. Interesting translation.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on December 13, 2001
Format: Paperback
Yasushi Inoue's The Izu Dancer And Other Stories presents a novella about six Izu Peninsula travelers who bond during a journey. Friendship overcomes initial differences in this gentle story of change: the other, shorter stories are equally compelling.
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