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 looked at the diagram to find it. Kitani’s friend Go Seigen was just one victim of this practice.

I think some attention should be paid to Kawabata’s literary intent in writing “Meijin”. Both deal with the psychological effects of obsessing over complex boardgames, and explore a central character whose life has been consumed by such obsession.

The game takes place over a period of six months, with elaborate formal rules, frequently renegotiated the negotiations being one source of conflict and stressconcerning how many days break will take place between each day of play, and how many hours will be spent playing. When do the mores of cultural heritage become greater than its sovereign nation?

El Maestro de Go

He chose to sell his Honinbo title to the Japan Go Association before retiring ineffectively ending his line, but he was coaxed into a final match in by the Nichinichi for a price. You can ignore any Go-specific terms in the book, it’s not really about the game anyway – it’s about Japan and its supposed uniqueness: This is probably not the best novel to get started on Kawabata. Pilarcik, Modern Language Studies Vol. But Kawabata takes a more technical approach, still keeping his excellent style and writing more about people than the game.

I wrote “inevitably” because the total length of the match is about six months: A dispute arose over scheduling the next session.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. I checked the book Knopf, Refresh and try again. During the dinner he said that the challenger spoiled the game and he wanted to resign immediately. On a different tack, there have been references by Kitani and Go that suggest they did not see eye to eye with Kawabata’s interpretations.

This is the second Seidensticker translation I’ve read “Snow Country” was the firstand the lack of flow is very noticeable. During that time, Kawabata keeps on visiting with the kawzbata and often spends the night at the same hotels where he stays. And then Kawabata gives the final scores at the start of the second chapter.


SGF of game in book. Perhaps there might be some sociopolitical undertones to the story. The Master’s heart causes him frequent pain and he appears to be swollen in body, despite rarely eating. In many ways, Shusai’s death was the end of Go as the genteel kawabwta of the shogun class, a break from the the imperial past. The book also describes vividly how the Master and the challenger dealt with exhausting struggles against themselves.

Kawabata fictionalizes an actual final game of Go he covered as a journalist, a last contest between one of its most famed players, terminally ill and fai Kawabata is my most recent literary obsession, I’m just gonna read everything he ever wrote and I haven’t gotten very far. What you say seems sound. This page was last edited on 3 Octoberat It’s a chronicle-novel, it’s faction, it’s creative non-fiction, it’s a non-fiction novel In the old days the stronger player had the right to suspend play for the day as long as it was his turn; Shusai used to take full advantage of this, suspending play whenever he faced a tough decision so that he could analyse the position during the recess with his pupils.

Some even thought it obliquely was about the USA vs. YouTube has videos of people explaining how to play Go, so that is what I watched to prepare myself for this book.

Overall, “The Master of Go” is probably one of my favorite Japanese literature books: Notwithstanding those nuances, your conclusion about Kawabata’s intentions seem convincing. It has been explored and improvised by the Japanese societal mores for more than 12oo years to be an important artistic heritage of the Japanese cultural territory. You have to read this book to understand what it’s really like.

Go is a game of strategy in which two players attempt to surround each other’s black or white stones. The battle at ds center ended exactly 78 years ago today.

El Maestro de Go : Yasunari Kawabata :

Kawabata’s take on this contest. The shadows of Go followed the Master hovering into the vagueness of his existence. The careful elegance of Kawabata’s writing slowly, almost imperceptibly, creates layers and patterns of meaning in a very similar way to how a game of go might develop.


There was something unreal about the pictures, which may have come from the face, the ultimate in tragedy, of a man so disciplined in an art that he had lost the kaaabata part of reality.

Articles needing additional references from May All articles needing additional references Pages to import images to Wikidata Wikipedia articles with GND identifiers. Go seemed to be outplaying Shusai throughout, and Shusai, in desperation, resorted to an extremely unethical strategy. The good books about the game are rare.

It would be easy to sum it up this way but completely unfair to the style and cultural subtleties of the book, to the lingering kkawabata of Japanese traditions, ceremonial etiquette and values kawabaa the past, desperately trying to keep dignity in today’s competitive world where new sets of rules bring new tactics bo push aside traditionally perceived respect and honour. You have to ease your mind into it.

Maybe I just can understand why, and can understand it pretty clear. In fact, I can’t even remember the very odd ell Goi. The subtleties of the book take it to the level where it may be difficult – despite a fairly simple general plot – to accept it as easily accessible. It is in chapter 11 of the novel, where Seidensticker got the coordinates of a move wrong; it was mwestro out in rec. Though Kawabata’s ideals doesn’t strike me as those which are sensible, for some reason this book touches me more deeply than I’ve ever expected.

To ask other readers questions about The Master of Goplease sign up. Yasunari Kawabata’s Gl Master of Go is an example of the shishosetsua novel form that hinges upon the fictionalization of real events as experienced by the author.