Death in Midsummer, and Other Stories

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New Directions Publishing, 1966 - Fiction - 181 pages
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Recognized throughout the world for his brilliance as a novelist and playwright, Yukio Mishima is also noted as a master of the short story in his native Japan. Here nine of his finest stories, selected by Mishima himself, represent his extraordinary ability to depict a wide variety of human beings in moments of significance. Often his characters are modern Japanese who turn out to be not so liberated from the past as they had thought.
 

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User Review  - blake.rosser - LibraryThing

There are only a couple of stories that really moved me, but one of them, called "Patriotism" I think, about a Japanese officer and his wife committing ritual suicide, is simply astounding. It's worth reading the rest of the book just for that one, without doubt. Read full review

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User Review  - amandacb - LibraryThing

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

Contents

Death In Midsummer
1
Three Million Yen
30
Thermos Bottles
43
The Priest of Shiga Temple and His Love
59
The Seven Bridges
76
Patriotism
93
Dojoji
119
Onnagata
139
The Pearl
162
Swaddling Clothes
175
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About the author (1966)

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.

IVAN MORRIS Was a cofounder of Amnesty International.

GEOFFREY W. SARGENT was a noted Japanese translator.

EDWARD SEIDENSTICKER's translations include The Tale of the Genji and numerous works by Mishima and Yasunari Kawabata.

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