Acts of worship: seven stories

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Kodansha International, Oct 1, 1989 - Fiction - 205 pages
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The first comprehensive collection in English of the controversial Japanese writer's short fiction includes stories from throughout his career, dealing with love and sexuality, the union of mind and body, and other themes

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A good introduction into an important author. - Goodreads
He's a brilliant short story writer. - Goodreads
It's good writing, but I don't identify with it much. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Conner - Goodreads

Writing a review for this collection of stories is an intimidating prospect. Prose as exquisite as this seems like it deserves a more lucid write-up than I feel capable of giving. The usual spewing of ... Read full review

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User Review  - Amanda - Goodreads

Mishima began my love of Japanese literature, especially short stories. Japanese literature has a refreshing vein of naturalism and mysticism, and Mishima's stories are prime examples. I used some of ... Read full review

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About the author (1989)

Yukio Mishima (1925-1970) was many people. The best known inYukio Mishima (1925-1970) was many people. The best known inYukio Mishima (1925-1970) was many people. The best known in Japan of the writers toemerge there after World War II, he Japan of the writers toemerge there after World War II, he Japan of the writers toemerge there after World War II, he was by far the most publishedabroad. Mishima completed his fwas by far the most publishedabroad. Mishima completed his fwas by far the most publishedabroad. Mishima completed his first novel the year he entered theUniversity of Tokyo. More irst novel the year he entered theUniversity of Tokyo. More irst novel the year he entered theUniversity of Tokyo. More followed (some twenty-three, the lastcompleted the day of hifollowed (some twenty-three, the lastcompleted the day of hifollowed (some twenty-three, the lastcompleted the day of his death in November, 1970), along with more thanforty play, s death in November, 1970), along with more thanforty play, s death in November, 1970), along with more thanforty play, over ninety short stories, several poetry and travel volumesover ninety short stories, several poetry and travel volumesover ninety short stories, several poetry and travel volumesand hundreds of essays. Influenced by European literature, iand hundreds of essays. Influenced by European literature, iand hundreds of essays. Influenced by European literature, in which hewas exceptionally well read, he was an interpretern which hewas exceptionally well read, he was an interpretern which hewas exceptionally well read, he was an interpreter to his own people ofJapan's ancient virtues, to which he ur to his own people ofJapan's ancient virtues, to which he ur to his own people ofJapan's ancient virtues, to which he urged a return. He had sung on thestage, starred in and directged a return. He had sung on thestage, starred in and directged a return. He had sung on thestage, starred in and directed movies and was a noted practitioner ofJapan's traditionaled movies and was a noted practitioner ofJapan's traditionaled movies and was a noted practitioner ofJapan's traditional martial arts. He seemed at the height of his careerand vita martial arts. He seemed at the height of his careerand vita martial arts. He seemed at the height of his careerand vitality at the age of forty-five, when after a demonstration inlity at the age of forty-five, when after a demonstration inlity at the age of forty-five, when after a demonstration in thepublic interest he committed suicide by ceremonial seppu thepublic interest he committed suicide by ceremonial seppu thepublic interest he committed suicide by ceremonial seppuku. ku. ku.

The NIPPON BONSAI ASSOCIATION is the single largest public bonsai organization in Japan. Initially begun as the Kokufu Bonsai Kai in 1934, the association has become increasingly active in bonsai circles over the years. As an artistic and cultural ambassador, the association has sought to develop a
high standard and to foster a broader awareness of the art of bonsai. Toward this end the association sponsors the annual Kokufu Bonsai-ten (the largest bonsai exhibition in Japan), publishes such periodicals as Bonsai Shunju, and conducts lectures and seminars on bonsai technique in Japan and
abroad.
Currently, the association has more than 300 chapters nationwide with approximately 20,000 members and some 300 members in 30 countries throughout the world.
JOHN YOSHIO NAKA is one of the foremost authorities on bonsai in the West and author of Bonsai Techniques. HIDEO ARAGAKI is an awardwinning columnist. His collected essays for the magazine Bonsai Shunju appeared in book form under the title of Shizen to Jinsei (Nature and Life) in 1987. HIDEO
MARUSHIMA, a practicing lawyer, writes extensively on bonsai and suiseki for various Japanese publications. His Nihon Bonsai Bonseki Shiko(An Interpretative History of Bonsai and Suiseki) was published in 1982.
With the exception of ten years lecturing at the University of Tokyo, JOHN BESTER, a graduate of the School of Oriental and African Studies of London University, has devoted most of his time in Japan to translation. In particular, the many literary and other translations that he has undertaken for
Kodansha International have established him in the front rank of the field.

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