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Life and Death of Yukio Mishima
     

Life and Death of Yukio Mishima

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by Henry Scott Stokes, Henry Scott-Stokes
 

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Novelist, playwright, film actor, martial artist, and political commentator, Yukio Mishima (1925-1970) was arguably the most famous person in Japan at the time of his death. Henry Scott Stokes, one of Mishima's closest friends, was the only non-Japanese allowed to attend the trial of the men involved in Mishima's spectacular suicide. In this insightful and

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Novelist, playwright, film actor, martial artist, and political commentator, Yukio Mishima (1925-1970) was arguably the most famous person in Japan at the time of his death. Henry Scott Stokes, one of Mishima's closest friends, was the only non-Japanese allowed to attend the trial of the men involved in Mishima's spectacular suicide. In this insightful and empathetic look at the writer, Stokes guides the reader through the milestones of Mishima's meteoric and eclectic career and delves into the artist's major works and themes. This biography skillfully and compassionately illuminates the achievements and disquieting ideas of a brilliant and deeply troubled man, an artist of whom Nobel Laureate Yasunari Kawabata had said, "A writer of Mishima's caliber comes along only once every two or three hundred years."

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Time
The book is humane, intelligent, and probably as close as a Western reader is likely to get to the subject.... A literate examination examination of the man's work.
Tom Wolfe
A brilliant, riveting portrayal not only of Mishima, but also of the upper orders in Japan
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This revised edition of Stokes' 1974 biography of Japanese novelist Mishima, whose obsession with samurai culture and the Emperor led him to commit hara-kiri as a political protest in 1970, is also available in hardcover for $27.50 (-18623-5). (Oct.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780815410744
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
08/28/2000
Edition description:
1ST COOPER
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
1,108,796
Product dimensions:
6.11(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.83(d)

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Tom Wolfe
A brilliant, riveting portrayal not only of Mishima, but also of the upper orders in Japan

Meet the Author

Henry Scott Stokes is a noted journalist who has worked for both the New York Times and the London Times. Most recently, he has edited an anthology entitled The Kwangju Uprising: Eyewitness Press Accounts of Korea's Tiananmen. He lives in Tokyo.

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