Patriotism

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Overview

One of the most powerful short stories ever written: Yukio Mishima’s masterpiece about the erotics of patriotism and honor, love and suicide.
By now, Yukio Mishima’s (1925-1970) dramatic demise through an act of seppuku after an inflammatory public speech has become the stuff of literary legend. With Patriotism, Mishima was able to give his heartwrenching patriotic idealism an immortal vessel. A lieutenant in the Japanese army comes home to his wife and informs her that his ...

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Overview

One of the most powerful short stories ever written: Yukio Mishima’s masterpiece about the erotics of patriotism and honor, love and suicide.
By now, Yukio Mishima’s (1925-1970) dramatic demise through an act of seppuku after an inflammatory public speech has become the stuff of literary legend. With Patriotism, Mishima was able to give his heartwrenching patriotic idealism an immortal vessel. A lieutenant in the Japanese army comes home to his wife and informs her that his closest friends have become mutineers. He and his beautiful loyal wife decide to end their lives together. In unwavering detail Mishima describes Shinji and Reiko making love for the last time and the couple’s seppuku that follows.

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Editorial Reviews

The Mookse and the Gripes
A direct yet lyrical style devoted entirely to bringing out the elevated emotions of its two characters.— Trevor Berrett
The New York Times Book Review
The violence we are facing with such difficulty in our daily lives, he gives us simply in all its subcutaneous horror and myth.— Hortense Calisher
Trevor Berrett - The Mookse and the Gripes
“A direct yet lyrical style devoted entirely to bringing out the elevated emotions of its two characters.”
Hortense Calisher - The New York Times Book Review
“The violence we are facing with such difficulty in our daily lives, he gives us simply in all its subcutaneous horror and myth.”
Library Journal

The life of postwar Japanese novelist Yukio Mishima is stunningly dramatized here by Paul Schrader (American Gigolo). With a driving score by Philip Glass, this unconventional biopic is framed by Mishima's tragic final act while flashing back to his youthful self-transformation and interspersing boldly stylized re-creations of his works. Mishima's sole filmmaking venture, the prescient dramatic short Patriotism, offers an intriguing complement for larger collections.


—Jeff T. Dick
Library Journal
This brief historical story of a young army officer and his wife is considered seminal Mishima. LJ's reviewer wrote that Mishima's stories have "timeless and universal appeal" (LJ 4/1/66).
Donald Keene
Remarkably beautiful, Mishima's style exploits every resource in the Japanese language, giving new life to unbroken literary tradition of a thousand years. He is unquestionably a modern writer, speaking to modern audiences...of a Japanese way of life that is completely intelligible, but completely remote. -- The Saturday Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780811218542
  • Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 2/24/2010
  • Series: New Directions Pearls Series
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 60
  • Sales rank: 731,519
  • Product dimensions: 4.30 (w) x 6.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Yukio Mishima (1925-1970) was many people. The best known in Japan of the writers to emerge there after World War II, he was by far the most published abroad. Mishima completed his first novel the year he entered the University of Tokyo. More followed (some twenty-three, the last completed the day of his death in November, 1970), along with more than forty play, over ninety short stories, several poetry and travel volumes and hundreds of essays. Influenced by European literature, in which he was exceptionally well read, he was an interpreter to his own people of Japan's ancient virtues, to which he urged a return. He had sung on the stage, starred in and directed movies and was a noted practitioner of Japan's traditional martial arts. He seemed at the height of his career and vitality at the age of forty-five, when after a demonstration in the public interest he committed suicide by ceremonial seppuku.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2001

    An intriguing story

    I really enjoyed this story. The subject of suicide has never been dealt with in such a beautiful and eloquent way. The descriptive quality of the story is excellent. I would definately recommend it.

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