Beauty and Sadness - Yasunari KawabataLondon: Secker & Warburg, 1975, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Plain paper dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with heavier toning to the spine.
From the cover: “This haunting story, tinged with eroticism and menace, is the last novel Kawabata completed before his death in 1972.
Oki, a middle-aged novelist, makes a nostalgic New Year journey hoping to meet again the mistress he had abandoned some twenty years before. Otoko is now a successful painter living with her young lesbian protégée, the beautiful and talented Keiko. Otoko has recovered from the shock of her desertion but Keiko is not prepared to forgive Oki for what she regards as his betrayal. She plans a subtle and terrible revenge, ruthlessly deploying every weapon at her command to bring about the destruction of her prey. Oki’s attempt to revisit the past becomes a fearful journey into the jaws of vengeance.”