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The Master of Go is a novel by the Japanese author Yasunari Kawabata, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in The novel was first published . El maestro de Go. Front Cover. Yasunari Kawabata. Emecé, Author Yasunari Kawabata was born in Osaka, Japan on June 14, He experienced. El Maestro de Go by Yasunari Kawabata, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide.

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I’ve previously read a couple of Yasunari Kawabata’s short stories in anthologies but I’ve always felt his writing to be at least one shade more oblique than is comfortable.

First, my edition of the Seidensticker translation Penguinpage says: The result turned out to be disastrous.

Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. When do the mores of cultural heritage become greater than its sovereign nation? This seemed strange, since he is always referred to very positively in the Japanese Go literature. To get the go points out of the way first, the “diagonal linking” for hanetsugi is highly misleading, and he should have known that Go Seigen had naturalised and taken the official name Go, and that had already been in long use anyway, so Wu is a case of not knowing go history.

Certainly for Shusai to complain that the game had been spoilt reeked of hypocrisy. Another, more subtle motif in the story is the idea of the game as a pure form, untouched by the outside world.


This is the second Seidensticker translation I’ve read “Snow Country” was the firstand the lack of flow is very noticeable. Trivia About The Master of Go. Aug 02, J. Also, Kitani pointed out elsewhere that afteris not sente. As a teenager, I was very fascinated with the author Yukio Mishimawho wrote existentialist and dramatic set pieces that had made him one of the foremost Japanese modernists.

Go is a game ell strategy in which two players attempt to surround each other’s black or white stones. Did Kawabata intend Kitani to make a kind of word play? Moreover, there’re two sets of small numbered stones: It may be said that the Master was plagued in his last match by modern rationalism, to which fussy rule There was something unreal about the re, which may have come from the face, the ultimate in tragedy, of a man so disciplined in jawabata art that he had lost the better part of reality.

Kawabata’s Master of Go

It’s almost impossible to explain why this is a source of indignation if you don’t know anything about go, and even if you do, it’s still a little opaque to an amateur Westerner like me. It seems that white’s group would die maestfo he played at “a” in the above diagram.

One marks his promotion to 2-dan inon 6 stones against Iwamoto.

As to “oyogu”, the question kawabzta Yet as this year’s. Beginning ina state-sponsored system gave rise to four dynastic go schools, of which the Honinbo were by far the strongest.

An exploration of the game at the heart of ‘The Master of Go’ | The Japan Times

Kawabata finds himself hypnotized by the match, inevitably drawn to the personal lives of the two players, betraying a clear predilection for the old master, so exhalted by his words that the reader, too, ends up caring and supporting him instead of the young champion. Lists with This Book. It was printed in book form in Black would thus find the possible ko threats more limited. At a critical juncture, he played a trivial forcing move to gain time to think, and this won him the game.


Perhaps Black was too afraid to spoil his chance, but 2 was the sealed move. View all 9 comments. But I still end up contempl This novel about the last game of a dying Go master was a gift to me by friends. Il suo avversario incarna il nuovo che avanza: We can see how they start the decisive match on the chess-like Go board denoted by lines row and letters A-T across.

Kawabata fictionalizes an actual final game of Go he covered as a journalist, a last ek between one of e, most famed players, terminally ill and failing, and a younger, distraught player of some skill.

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