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    Maxence Fermine
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    Washington Square Press; Reprint edition (April 9, 2011)
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    112 pages
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La Provincia" With "Snow" Maxence Fermine gives us a splendid minimalist tale. Maxence Fermine is the author of Snow, The Bee Keeper, and Opium. His novel, The Black Violin, is forthcoming from Atria Books.

La Provincia" With "Snow" Maxence Fermine gives us a splendid minimalist tale.

Maxence Fermine's prose is hypnotic, and his sensuous love story envelops you as if you¹re wrapped in one of his dreams with . Maxence Firmine's Snow intrigued me. It is described as a 'novel that reads like a poem', and is set in nineteenth-century Japan.

Maxence Fermine's prose is hypnotic, and his sensuous love story envelops you as if you¹re wrapped in one of his dreams with your eyes wide open. Yuko has all the makings of greatness, but must learn to reach beyond the silent starkness of snow, his ultimate inspiration, to find the color pulsing through life. This book is billed as a love story, a genre which I do not generally seek out; however, the promised style intrigued me enough to borrow it.

Все продавцы . Snow: A Novel. A swift and refreshing read, the novel treats readers to a gorgeous love story while gently floating ideas such as what is the nature of art and perception? What is the place of passion in art and in life? Highly romantic and gracefully written, Snow is destined to become a cult classic.

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Yuko Akita had two passions. What is Kobo Super Points? A loyalty program that rewards you for your love of reading. Explore rewards Explore Kobo VIP Membership. More books from this author: Maxence Fermine. Thank you for signing up, fellow book lover! Tell us what you like, so we can send you books you'll love. An international bestseller,Snowis "a novel that reads like a poem. Limpid, delicate, and pure like its title. In nineteenth-century Japan, a young haiku poet named Yuko journeys through snow-covered mountains on a quest for art and finds love instead.

Yuko Akita had two passions.Haiku and snow.It is April 1884 and Yuko Akita has reached his seventeenth birthday on the Island of Hokkaid in the North of Japan. The time has come to choose his vocation, warrior or monk, but against the wishes of his father, Yuko settles on a third option: he will be a poet. Yuko begins to write the seventeen-syllable poems we know as haiku--all celebrating the beauty of snow, his one great subject. One day, the Imperial Poet arrives from the Emperor's court. He has heard about the beauty of Yuko's poems and has come to meet the young poet himself. While agreeing the poems have a music all their own, the Imperial Poet notes that lacking color, Yuko's poems are destined to remain invisible to the world. If the young poet is to learn color, he must study with the great artist Soseki in the south of Japan.Yuko sets off on a treacherous journey across the whole of Japan. Cold, hungry, and exhausted, he encounters a vision that will forever change his life. It is a woman, frozen in the ice. With pale gold hair, ice blue eyes and a face as white as snow, the dead beauty will obsess Yuko. Who was she? How did she come to meet her death in the depths of his beloved snow?Arriving at Soseki's door, Yuko is shocked to discover that the great master of color is blind. He will gradullay come to learn that color is not something outside of us, but within us. He will also learn about his master's Samurai past...and Soseki's link to the woman in the snow. It is a beautiful love story which will have its echo in Yuko's own as he finds his own, living, daughter of snow....With stunning visual images created out of minimalist prose, Snow is as delicate and inspiring as the haiku poetry it celebrates and emulates. A swift and refreshing read, the novel treats readers to a gorgeous love story while gently floating ideas such as what is the nature of art and perception? What is the place of passion in art and in life? Highly romantic and gracefully written, Snow is destined to become a cult classic.

Haiku are practically impossible to describe. A haiku has to convey an emotional state both succintly and artfully. SNOW is a novel about the transformation into a haijin, the living of haiku as a way of life and of love. In the beginning, the protagonist has the way of life and the obsession. But he cannot truly master his art without love which brings colour to the whitest of snow. Scientifically, white has all the colours of the visible light spectrum, so on another level, the novel explores the nature of whiteness and of light. SNOW is a guide for readers and writers of haiku in novel (and a novel!) form. Note: haiku no longer are required to have 17 syllables for various reasons available on a plethora of websites.
a long breath poem...
wonderful in English too, I had previously loved and recommended the italian version.
will search for more work by this writer!
One of the most lovely novel I've read.
Snow is the first of a trilogy by Maxence Fermine featuring colors. White in this case, black for The Black Violin and yellow for The Beekeeper. It is a short, small book, rather strange but poignantly told. Part one tells of Yuko Akita, a boy of 17 living in Northern Japan and about to become a man and having to decide on his profession. His father, a Shinto monk, wants him to become a warrior but Yuko wants to be a poet, specifically to write haiku poems. He goes into the mountains to think over his decision and comes back deciding on poetry and to write exclusively about snow. The Imperial poet comes from the king and tells Yuko that his poems must have more color and recommends that he go to study with a master of various art forms, Soseki, who lives in the South of Japan. Yuko finally agrees and makes the trek over the Japanese Alps. Along the way he discovers the body of a young woman frozen in ice and is enraptured by her beauty. He continues and Soseki agrees to take him as a student.

The second part is told by Soseki’s servant and describes Soseki’s past life, initially as a Samurai warrior. He gives up this life when he meets a French high wirewalker whose name is Snow. They fall in love, get married and have a child. For a while they are happy but Snow wants to do her act one more time and it is arranged that she will do it in the mountains. Unfortunately the rope breaks and she falls to her death. Soseki is devastated and devotes his life to painting her.

The last part brings the story to a climax in a beautiful and haunting fashion. Fermine concludes by saying that there are two kinds of people: those who “live and play and die;” and those who “tread paths along the high crests of life, balancing all the way.” It is clear from this tragic story which life he prefers.
Yuko Akita, seventeen and living in the south of Japan in 1884, is nearing the end of his boyhood. It's time for him to choose a vocation. Warrior or monk. He chooses to be a poet. Says his father, "Poetry is not a profession. It is a way of passing the time. Poems are like water. Like this river," and Yuko says, "That is just what I want to do. To learn to watch the passing of time." Each if Yuko's poems is pure and colorless, each one is about snow. The Emperor's Imperial Poet is not satisfied. They are too white for him. So he sends Yuko to study color with Soseki, a blind old artist who was once in love with a tightrope walker ... named Snow.
As the book jacket states, SNOW reads like a long, intensely lucid poem. Not one word is wasted. Although the story itself is not all that remarkable and won't surprise the aware reader, the method used to tell it sets it apart from the ordinary. By the end I had tears in my eyes. There is even a touch of humor here, along with some profound statements about both life and art.
Only 100 tiny pages long and readable in half an hour, SNOW is a remarkably beautiful, if simplistic, love story that I can highly recommend.
Just because a book comes from another country and had glowing reviews on the back with titles like La Repubblica or Culturas (I guess those are literary reviews or magazines), it still doesn't mean it will succeed in America. This hastily constructed short ditty has pretensions of touching our inner heartstrings. It wants us to surrender to the love and the quirky characters (I am so tired of quirky characters like the tight rope walker in this novel who ties a rope between the two highest peaks in Japan. All these weird and strange characters in fiction these days makes me feel like I'm in a freak show.)
Ok, in this book, which begins in April 1884 in Japan, the seventeen year old Yuko Akita has two passions: writing haiku and snow. When forced to choose between being a priest or a soldier, he decides he wants to write haiku. On top of that, he wants to write haiku about snow. That's it. In a wrongheaded turn of the book, Yuko says that he likes white because it is pure and has no color. We know that all the colors are in white. The Emperor hears about his haiku and requests him at court but Yuko does not believe he is ready yet.He is sent to a master artist named Soseki to learn how to put color in his haiku. Along the way he will fall in love with unattainable beauty and learn how tight rope walking fits into life.
I felt like I was supposed to be "charmed" by this book. Like I was supposed to get some profound truth out of it. I didn't get that. I felt like this book was tripe. It started off well, and felt like the rhythm of haiku but then about half way through I just wasn't accepting the world portrayed in the book anymore. It was cliched. Especially the whole tight-rope walking as a metaphor for living life deal. The book was OK. It does bother me that there are good books being written and are in search of a publisher even as you read this review, but this book was published instead. Originally in France. For a charming piece of French art, watch the movie Amelie. Now THAT is a great work of charm. Go bury this book under a glacier with a mastadon somewhere in Siberia. It did have sentences of beauty, here and there, but not enough. I think when plot came in, the book went out. It should have been written as simple poetic meditation.