The Rainbow

The Rainbow

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Paperback Published on: 09/11/2023
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The Rainbow
A masterpiece
'Stagnant clouds that foretold snow hung low over the surface of the lake. Though they seemed to extend across the entirety of the surface, there must have... READ MORE
Alan M
The Rainbow
A beautiful read.
Set just after the Second World War came to an end, The Rainbow introduces us to a man who we learn has three daughters. However, each daughter was born to... READ MORE
Hannah Torres

Synopsis

‘In this masterpiece Kawabata, his brush dipped in silver, renders all the excruciating anguish and beauty of post-war Japan’ Edmund White

With the Second World War only a few years in the past, and Japan still reeling from its effects, two sisters - born to the same father but different mothers - struggle to make sense of the new world in which they are coming of age. Asako, the younger, has become obsessed with locating a third sibling, while also experiencing love for the first time. While Momoko, their father's first child - haunted by the loss of her kamikaze boyfriend and their final, disturbing days together - seeks comfort in a series of unhealthy romances. And both sisters find themselves unable to outrun the legacies of their late mothers. A thoughtful, probing novel about the enduring traumas of war, the unbreakable bonds of family and the inescapability of the past, The Rainbow is a searing, melancholy work from one of Japan's greatest writers.

Translated by Haydn Trowell

  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • ISBN: 9780241542286
  • Number of pages: 224
  • Weight: 238g
  • Dimensions: 216 x 134 x 18 mm

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