The Dancing Girl of Izu


The Dancing Girl of Izu

infobox short story
name = The Dancing Girl of Izu


image_caption = Cover of "The Dancing Girl of Izu and Other Stories", Counterpoint Press 1998 printing
title_orig = 伊豆の踊子
"Izu no Odoriko"
translator = Edward Seidensticker; J. Martin Holman
author = Yasunari Kawabata
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country = Japan
language = Japanese
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genre = Short story
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media_type = Print
pub_date = 1926
english_pub_date = 1952 (abridged version), 1998 (full translation)
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followed_by = The Scarlet Gang of Asakusa

"The Dancing Girl of Izu" or "The Izu Dancer", (Japanese: 伊豆の踊子, "izu no odoriko") published in 1926, was the first work of literature by Japanese author Yasunari Kawabata to achieve great popular and critical acclaim. Kawabata would win the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1968. The short story was first translated into English by Edward Seidensticker and published in an abridged form in "The Atlantic Monthly" in 1952. A complete English translation of the story was made by J. Martin Holman and appeared in a collection of Kawabata's early literature published as "The Dancing Girl of Izu and Other Stories" (published by Counterpoint Press, August 29, 1998, ISBN 1887178945).

The story has been filmed several times in Japan, including one version starring Momoe Yamaguchi.

Today, part of the story's name, "odoriko" ("dancing girl") is used as the name of express trains to the Izu area.

External links

* [http://www.nytimes.com/books/97/10/12/reviews/971012.12morrist.html "Orphans"] , review of "The Dancing Girl of Izu and Other Stories", by Mark Morris, October 12, 1997, "New York Times".


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