Kawabata 1899 - 1972 (73)

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Yasunari Kawabata (1899-1972) was an influential Japanese writer, widely translated and recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature. He was born on June 14, 1899, in Osaka, Japan, and tragically became an orphan at a young age. Fortunately, some relatives took him in and enrolled him in school. He pursued Philology at the University of Tokyo, and during his student years, he began writing and publishing. Initially, his works appeared in university magazines, later expanding to literary magazines and newspapers.

In 1926, Kawabata achieved great success and rapid fame with the publication of his novel "The Dancer of Izu." This marked the beginning of a series of notable novels, including "Snow country," "The Sound of the Mountain," "The Lake," "The House of Sleeping Beauties," and "Beauty and Sorrow."

In 1961, he received Japan's highest literary honor, the Medal of Culture, and in 1968, he became the first Japanese writer to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. Alongside his writing, Kawabata was also a literary critic and recognized the talent of writers such as Yukio Mishima, who tragically took his own life in 1970. Two years later, on April 16, 1972, Kawabata himself tragically ended his life by gas poisoning in his office, leaving no note behind.