Five Modern No Plays

Overview

Japanese No drama is one of the great art forms that has fascinated people throughout the world. The late Yukio Mishima, one of Japan's outstanding post-war writers, infused new life into the form by using it for plays that preserve the style and inner spirit of No and are at the same time so modern, so direct, and intelligible that they could, as he suggested, be played on a bench in Central Park. Here are five of his No plays, stunning in their contemporary nature and relevance—and finally made available again ...
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Overview

Japanese No drama is one of the great art forms that has fascinated people throughout the world. The late Yukio Mishima, one of Japan's outstanding post-war writers, infused new life into the form by using it for plays that preserve the style and inner spirit of No and are at the same time so modern, so direct, and intelligible that they could, as he suggested, be played on a bench in Central Park. Here are five of his No plays, stunning in their contemporary nature and relevance—and finally made available again for readers to enjoy.

In these plays, Mishima has succeeded marvelously in preserving the weird and haunting mood of classical No.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307473110
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 12/1/2009
  • Series: Vintage International Series
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 1,375,526
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Charles Dunn's research into Kabuki and puppet drama at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, brought him into contact with various aspects of traditional Japan.
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Table of Contents

Sotoba Komachi

The Damask Drum

Kantan

The Lady Aoi

Hanjo

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