The exquisite last novel from Nobel Prize-winning author Yasunari Kawabata Ineko has lost the ability to see things. At first it was a ping-pong ball, then it was her fiance. The doctors call it body blindness, and she is placed in a psychiatric clinic to recover. As Inekos mother and fiance walk along the riverbank after visiting time, they wonder: is her condition a form of madness – or an expression of love? Exploring the distance between us, and what we say without words, Kawabatas transcendent final novel is the last word from a master of Japanese literature. Lusciously peculiar Paris Review

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04/04/2019