The Rainbow

The Rainbow

Summary

With the Second World War only a few years in the past, and Japan still reeling from its effects, two sisters-born to the same father but different mothers-struggle to make sense of the new world in which they are coming of age. Asako, the younger, has become obsessed with locating a third sibling, while also experiencing love for the first time. While Momoko, their father's first child-haunted by the loss of her kamikaze boyfriend and their final, disturbing days together-seeks comfort in a series of unhealthy romances. And both sisters find themselves unable to outrun the legacies of their late mothers. A thoughtful, probing novel about the enduring traumas of war, the unbreakable bonds of family, and the inescapability of the past, Beyond the Rainbow is a searing, melancholy work from one of Japan's greatest writers.

About the author

Yasunari Kawabata

Yasunari Kawabata was born in Osaka, Japan, in 1899 and before the Second World War had established himself as his country's leading novelist. Among his major works are Snow Country, A Thousand Cranes and The Master of Go. Awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1968, he died in 1972.
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