The Life and Death of Yukio Mishima

The Life and Death of Yukio Mishima

ISBN: 0815410743

ISBN 13: 9780815410744

Publication Date: August 08, 2000

Publisher: Cooper Square Press

Pages: 318

Format: Paperback

Author: Henry Scott Stokes

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The Life and Death of Yukio Mishima This biography begins with the spectacularly tragic last day of the militant Japanese novelist, Yukio Mishima, in 1970 (best known for his masterpiece, "The Sea of Fertility"). The book unravels why he kidnapped a leading military figure, tried to incite rebellion, and committed suicide.
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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