WRITER

Yasunari Kawabata

1899 - 1972

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Yasunari Kawabata (川端 康成, Kawabata Yasunari, 11 June 1899 – 16 April 1972) was a Japanese novelist and short story writer whose spare, lyrical, subtly shaded prose works won him the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1968, the first Japanese author to receive the award. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Yasunari Kawabata has received more than 879,669 page views. His biography is available in 105 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 103 in 2019). Yasunari Kawabata is the 200th most popular writer (up from 210th in 2019), the 20th most popular biography from Japan (down from 19th in 2019) and the 7th most popular Writer.

Yasunari Kawabata is most famous for his novel, The Sound of the Mountain.

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Notable Works

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Among WRITERS

Among writers, Yasunari Kawabata ranks 200 out of 5,755Before him are Lou Andreas-Salomé, Tristan Tzara, Ian Fleming, Osamu Dazai, Emily Dickinson, and Imre Kertész. After him are Herman Melville, Taras Shevchenko, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Stéphane Mallarmé, Friedrich Hölderlin, and Henryk Sienkiewicz.

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Contemporaries

Among people born in 1899, Yasunari Kawabata ranks 10Before him are Al Capone, Jorge Luis Borges, Vladimir Nabokov, Friedrich Hayek, Humphrey Bogart, and Lavrentiy Beria. After him are Frederick IX of Denmark, Grand Duchess Maria Nikolaevna of Russia, László Bíró, Fred Astaire, Francis Poulenc, and Adnan Menderes. Among people deceased in 1972, Yasunari Kawabata ranks 5Before him are Harry S. Truman, Ip Man, Edward VIII, and M. C. Escher. After him are Frederick IX of Denmark, J. Edgar Hoover, Maria Goeppert Mayer, Ezra Pound, Igor Sikorsky, Richard von Coudenhove-Kalergi, and Franz Halder.

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In Japan

Among people born in Japan, Yasunari Kawabata ranks 20 out of 6,048Before him are Naruhito (1960), Toyotomi Hideyoshi (1536), Murasaki Shikibu (973), Isoroku Yamamoto (1884), Emperor Taishō (1879), and Osamu Dazai (1909). After him are Emperor Jimmu (-711), Yoko Ono (1933), Hideki Tojo (1884), Sasaki Kojirō (1583), Olivia de Havilland (1916), and Hiroo Onoda (1922).

Among WRITERS In Japan

Among writers born in Japan, Yasunari Kawabata ranks 7Before him are Miyamoto Musashi (1584), Yukio Mishima (1925), Matsuo Bashō (1644), Haruki Murakami (1949), Murasaki Shikibu (973), and Osamu Dazai (1909). After him are Ryūnosuke Akutagawa (1892), Kenzaburō Ōe (1935), Sei Shōnagon (966), Natsume Sōseki (1867), Kazuo Ishiguro (1954), and Masaru Emoto (1943).