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Patriotism
     

Patriotism

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by Yukio Mishima, Geoffrey W. Sargent (Translator)
 

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'Was it death he was now waiting for? Or a wild ecstasy of the senses?' For the young army officer of Yukio Mishima's seminal story, 'Patriotism, ' death and ecstasy become elementally intertwined. With his unique rigor and passion, Mishima hones in on the body as the great tragic stage for all we call social, ritual, political.

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'Was it death he was now waiting for? Or a wild ecstasy of the senses?' For the young army officer of Yukio Mishima's seminal story, 'Patriotism, ' death and ecstasy become elementally intertwined. With his unique rigor and passion, Mishima hones in on the body as the great tragic stage for all we call social, ritual, political.

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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
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
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.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780811213127
Publisher:
New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publication date:
11/28/1995
Series:
Bibelots Series
Pages:
57
Product dimensions:
4.86(w) x 6.93(h) x 0.25(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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Patriotism 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.