The Master of Go

The Master of Go

Yasunari Kawabata Edward G. Seidensticker / May 20, 2019

The Master of Go Go is a game of strategy in which two players attempt to surround each other s black or white stones Simple in its fundamentals infinitely complex in its execution Go is an essential expression of t

  • Title: The Master of Go
  • Author: Yasunari Kawabata Edward G. Seidensticker
  • ISBN: 9780679761068
  • Page: 344
  • Format: Paperback
  • Go is a game of strategy in which two players attempt to surround each other s black or white stones Simple in its fundamentals, infinitely complex in its execution, Go is an essential expression of the Japanese spirit And in his fictional chronicle of a match played between a revered and heretofore invincible Master and a younger and modern challenger, Yasunari KawGo is a game of strategy in which two players attempt to surround each other s black or white stones Simple in its fundamentals, infinitely complex in its execution, Go is an essential expression of the Japanese spirit And in his fictional chronicle of a match played between a revered and heretofore invincible Master and a younger and modern challenger, Yasunari Kawabata captured the moment in which the immutable traditions of imperial Japan met the onslaught of the twentieth century.

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        Yasunari Kawabata was a Japanese short story writer and novelist whose spare, lyrical, subtly shaded prose works won him the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1968, the first Japanese author to receive the award His works have enjoyed broad international appeal and are still widely read.Nobel Lecture 1968nobelprize nobel_prize


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    1. Kawabata writes a factual account of a Go match, which at one level could be compared with the sort of journalism you see in a magazine like New in Chess. He presents all the moves in the game, and comments the play. Somehow he turns it into an emotionally gripping meditation on life, art, fate and the inevitable destruction of traditional Japanese society. He apparently thought this was his best book - remember that he won the Nobel Prize.It would be easy to say that this is a unique occurrence [...]


    2. Two stoneso individuals. One game. world. The yin-yang philosophies sprouting from the wooden bowls on to a 19 x 19 arena. The small stones carrying the burden of altering destinies. In the realm of shōsetsu, Kawabata chronicles a factual reportage of a decisive championship game of Go held in 1938, between Honnimbō Shūsai and Mr. Kitano Minora. Abiding the culture of literary fiction, Kawabata confers fabricated identities to the players as well as to himself (Mr. Uragami) in this epic strug [...]


    3. How Kawabata combines a journalistic narrative voice with such a rich literary tradition baffles me more than the intricate game of Go and it's complex representation of the structural game in society the novel is supposed to explore, and what a beautiful structure Kawabata takes us through, peeling such thin layers of meaning with each inflection and each crafty Go move between the classic master and the iconoclast challenger.


    4. With no such intention in mind, I rather fell out of the frying pan on this one. I had to get away from Yourcenar and a glance at the shelves made me think nothing could be further from Hadrian than a book about Go.My very first Go move, and it’s a mistake. Continue here: alittleteaalittlechat.wordpres


    5. Un bon roman dédié au jeu de Go, l'un des plus complexes en dépit de règles relativement simples. Cette édition présente des diagrammes de l'évolution de la partie. L'accent est mis sur le duel, inspiré par des évènements réels, entre un vieux maître et un jeune outsider. La partie s'étale pendant fort longtemps, avec des interruptions de plusieurs semaines. Au delà de l'affrontement, une des interprétation avancée dans la préface est qu'au travers de cette histoire, l'auteur a [...]


    6. How does a book about a go game win the Nobel Prize for Literature? (Actually, the book itself didn't win the prize - Kawabata the author did, but this book is widely regarded as his best, and probably the one that sealed the Nobel for him.) You have to read this book to understand what it's really like. It's a semi-fictional chronicle of an actual game between a revered reigning master and a rising young champion destined to unseat him. Yes, I just spoiled the ending, but it's pretty much given [...]


    7. 3.5 starsI've just read an interesting article in The Japan Times entitled "An exploration of the great game at the heart of 'the Master of Go' by Tyler Rothmar, informing his readers that the battle took place nearly six months and the victor finalized exactly 78 years ago today (December 4, 2016). If you'd like to read the JT article, please visit this web page: [japantimes/culture/2]Reading this novel by Kawabata is, I think, a bit different from reading his other three, namely, "Snow Country [...]


    8. EDIT: I wonder, would a pun(?) like 明治ん - 名人 be acceptable?A masterpiece, perhaps? - all of Kawabata's sentiments crammed into one book rather than an observation of a Go match. 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.After reading this, I thought as if for a moment, I could understand the reasons behind his suicide. Another one-sitting read; 4 stars, +1 personal star.


    9. One sign of a master writer is the ability to match subject and style. I can think of no better example of this than The Master of Go, by Kawabata. 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. To the untutored eye, the first stones placed on the board seem to fall at random, but the master already sees the battle to come and these first stones plant the seeds of the war. So [...]


    10. Un último juego que representa más que el enfrentamiento entre lo nuevo y lo viejo, sino que dos generaciones que por sucesos históricos tienen paradigmas de la vida contradictorios. La dicotomía de los grandes autores japoneses del siglo XX quizás tiene a este libro como su producto más representativo.


    11. Kawabata is my most recent literary obsession, I'm just gonna read everything he ever wrote and I haven't gotten very far. "Scarlet Gang" was experimental and awesome, "Snow County" and "Thousand Cranes" and the"Palm-of-Hand Stories" sparse, gently, and apocalyptic (in a love sense), and "The Master of Go" is really not like the others at all. 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 [...]


    12. Spannend relaas van een legendarische go-wedstrijd, waarbij de grootmeester wegens ziekte het onderspit delft en het prototypische jong talent zijn smerigste trukendoos opentrekt. Kawabata ritmeert perfect, bouwt de spanning op en graaft diep in de spelerszielen, dit alles in zijn typische ingetogen stijl. Met tekeningen van het verloop van de langdurige kamp, voor wie die wil naspelen. Onthaasting voor amateurs van bordspelen en japanofielen. Heerlijk. PS: zijn er go-spelers op ? Wil het spel g [...]


    13. This novel about the last game of a dying Go master was a gift to me by friends. They knew of my longstanding interest in Go and gave me this novel for my birthday. 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. This book, which is apparently more straightforward than a lot of his other novels, is quite difficult to parse as an emotional work. But I still end up contempl [...]


    14. 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 better part of reality.Just like Kokoro or the majority of Yukio Mishima's work, Master Of Go belongs to that corner of Japanese culture in favor of the "old" (Meiji-era) and against the "new" (Western influence, loss of values etc.). It may be said that the Master was plagued in his last match by modern rationalism, to which fussy rule [...]


    15. The good books about the game are rare. I know only four one, "The chess player" Zweig, "Loujine defense" Nabokov, "Little chess player "Ogawa and this one. He is exceptionnal. The Go is a very special game. By the time, territory is occupied. It's a brain représentation. Chcker draw waves, attacks, idea. I think that go is the reflect of himself. Two player : old master personnify eternal old Japan and young master who is the future. The story came fron a real party after second world war.It d [...]


    16. هذه واحدة من أجمل وأصدق ما كتب الروائي الياباني الكبير الحائز على جائزة نوبل ياسوناري كاواباتا، وفيها يعرض لمباراة في لعبة الغو حضرها بنفسه. ولعبة الغو أو الجو هي لعبة تلعب على لوحة عبارة عن بتسعة عشر سطرا قائما وتسعة عشر سطرا تقطعها في زوايا قائمة. ويتبادل لاعبان وضع صخرات م [...]


    17. "Meijin" hat mich auf so vielen Ebenen überrascht, dass ich mich ein wenig ärgere, dass ich es nicht schon eher gelesen habe. Aber vielleicht war jetzt einfach die richtige Zeit für das Buch. Im Mittelpunkt der Erzählung steht die letzte Partie des Go-Meister Honinbo Shusai. Dieser tritt, sterbenskrank, gegen den aufstrebenden Otake an. Die Partie ersteckte sich insgesamt über sechs Monate und gibt nicht nur Einblick in die sich wandelnde Welt des Go - sondern wirft auch einen Blick auf den [...]


    18. Its just a game; get over it! Apparently not when the game is Go and the Master of the game, a figure revered by the author as if a prophet (the episode about the single strand of hair on the Master's eyebrow treads on the hilarious, though), is playing his last fateful game against an upstart Otake. The author uses the backdrop of this single game to depict the lifestyle of a passing era in Japan. An era when a game was more than atheistically calculated 150 odd moves on a 19-by-19 matrix board [...]


    19. Până să mă apuc efectiv de lecturarea romanului, „Maestrul de go” de Yasunari Kawabata mă apăsa ca o povară, mă intimida şi îmi crea o stare de disconfort datorată nu subiectului cărţii, ci mai degrabă temerii că nu voi reuşi s-o apreciez la adevărata sa valoare. Acum, însă, pot vedea de ce însuşi Kawabata şi-a declarat acest roman ca fiind cel mai bun roman al său. Este dureros de frumos.Fiind primul scriitor japonez laureat al premiului Nobel pentru literatură în 1 [...]


    20. Well, I still don't know if the problem is Kawabata's writing or Seidensticker's translating, but I have a feeling it's the latter. This is the second Seidensticker translation I've read ("Snow Country" was the first), and the lack of flow is very noticeable. There's no rhythm or melody to his writing, so you feel you are walking along an incredibly uneven path that makes unexpected turns all the time. This reinforces my belief that translators must not only be adept in both languages, but must [...]


    21. I read this and Stefan Zweig's Chess Story back-to-back, and was very happy that I did. Both deal with the psychological effects of obsessing over complex boardgames, and explore a central character whose life has been consumed by such obsession. Despite the fact that Chess Story takes a fictional approach, while Kawabata's book is based on an actual person, there were many parallels between the two works, and each highlighted aspects of the other that otherwise I might have missed. While both b [...]


    22. "A sad, elegant piece of reportage" was how the translator Edward G. Seidensticker described The Master of Go in the introduction. It was about an actual 1938 match that Kawabata Yasunari reported in the newspapers. The novelist reworked his narrative during the war and it was finally published as a book ten years after, in 1954. It was obvious from his treatment of the particular game of Go that the story was not merely a straightforward narrative of a battle between two diametrically opposite [...]


    23. Pre-war Japanese culture was very different from pre-war Western culture and almost unimaginable to Americans today. That any game could last 6 months, with 40 hours allotted to each player and the stress so great that even younger players strain to maintain concentration is also unimaginable to us. The formality of rules and agreements along the way, added to the the usual Japanese obsession with hierarchy, rules of respect and engagement become even more complicated when any concession can giv [...]


    24. This is a good Kawabata novel and an easy read. The taste of early Showa Japan is great with details on resorts and temples around Tokyo, train schedules, newspaper reporting, and more. The plot is clear which is not the case with some of Kawabata's other more famous novels. I found the larger commentary -- around Japan moving forward toward modernity and leaving traditions behind -- to be more interesting than the specifics of the core drama of the book, the final Go game and climactic challeng [...]


    25. The serenity of this book is something I admire intensely. The writing feels very late-style, a master entirely confident in his own instincts and capabilities and content to start from x and just see where he ends up. Everywhere he ends up, one need hardly say, is good. This book is also a reminder that great novels can be about ANYTHING, and that the eternal strength of the novel form is its elasticity. Translated into practical terms, I think that means we should never belabor the beginning o [...]


    26. La temática no me apasionaba ni un poco. carezco del más mínimo interés por juegos tales como el go. sin embargo me lo recomendaron con tanto énfasis que le di una chance. y tenían razón. Kawabata ha demostrado poder hacerme interesar hasta en fisicoquimica si quiere, con esa magistral forma de narrar


    27. هي ليست مجرد لعبة، بل هي لعبة حياة أو موت.أعجبني الوصف المتميز في هذه الرواية بغض النظر اني لم استوعب الرواية حتي الصفحة 30 ولكن بعد ذلك بدأت أعتاد على اسلوب الكاتب او الترجمة لست متأكدة وشعرت بالملل كثيرًا لعدم وجود أحداث شيقة سأقرأ له مجددًا لتحديد مدى أعجابي بالكاتب. 2.5/5


    28. A book that could so easily have been mind-numbingly dull in the wrong hands, but is written with such ease and simplistic beauty by Kawabata.


    29. I guess it would be easy for a reader of the Western world to say that Kawabata's book is not much more than a slightly fictionalised record of a game that lasted 6 months and was split into several sessions, where two adversaries played and the country silently observed until the Master of Go finally lost and his much younger opponent took the laurel, which, by the way, we are told straight at the onset. It would be easy to sum it up this way but completely unfair to the style and cultural subt [...]


    30. "The Master of Go" bercerita tentang seorang Master di bidang igo yang memainkan game terakhirnya melawan seorang penantang muda yang merupakan produk dari zaman baru.Honinbo Shusai (sang "Master of Go") berhadapan dengan Kitani Minoru (dalam cerita nama Kitani dirubah menjadi Otake) dalam 1 babak terakhir sebelum sang Master pensiun. Dalam pertandingan kali ini, Otake meminta penggunaan peraturan baru yang mengharuskan pemain menyegel langkah terakhir sebelum maju ke babak selanjutnya. Hal ini [...]


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