Martha, Kawabata discussed on Monocle 24: Meet the Writers


More writing this book and early on this great phrase. what he's talking about sex. He has his fraser. It says the boundless joys of shame. And i just thought i was so good. In fact i think martha quote says at some point and you know it is a very powerful thing about the the difficulty that everyone has is how to regulate it too much too little this person that person not at all. It's a hard thing to master identity. Any some human beings find very satisfactory solution. It and some. Don't most muddle along somewhere in the middle but it is an interesting subject and we all tend to laugh about it a bit because because so often it is funny because so often. It is undignified and silly and regrettable but so often it isn't and when it isn't when it's when it's connected to other things you know not. I'm not really talking about sex about you know. Romantic love the sense of finding one other person which has persisted in our lives. I mean it's probably a literary idea is probably an artistic idea but it has massive appeal and many people do believe including me. That's loving one person can be transcendent experience and can lift you out above and beyond the normal way of feeling alive and of course it is literature and art and music which has inflamed this belief but they couldn't have done it unless there was something deep in us that believed it. I wondered if you tell us a little bit about the japanese book that shares its name. Snow country is that. I liked the title of japanese novelist kawabata. Who wrote a book called snow country. It took him about thirty years to write. It is only about one hundred and twenty pages rather the opposite of me. He published in several sections over a very long time. It's a very beautiful book. Japanese very culturally fascinating. It has the most beautiful opening when a train pulled into a remote hill station under heavy snow. And i've always remembered it..

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