Patriotism

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New Directions Publishing, 1995 - Fiction - 57 pages
34 Reviews
'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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User Review  - Robert - Goodreads

A masterclass in how to write ultranationalist sex scenes. This short story is definitely very praiseworthy for succinctly describing Yukio Mishima's ultranationalist worldview through very well ... Read full review

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User Review  - Billy O'Callaghan - Goodreads

Following a military mutiny, a young, recently married lieutenant gets the job of rounding up the mutineers, many of who happen to be his friends. He discusses the matter with his wife and decides ... Read full review

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Section 1
1
Section 2
3
Section 3
9
Section 4
34
Section 5
53
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About the author (1995)

Yukio Mishima, the pseudonym for Hiraoka Kimitake, was born in Tokyo in 1925. His work covers many styles: poetry, essays, modern Kabuki ja Noh drama, and novels. Among his masterpieces are The Temple of the Golden Pavilion, and the four-volume novel Sea of Fertility, which outlines the Japanese experience in the 20th century. Each of the four volumes in this series has a distinct title--Spring Snow, Runaway Horses, The Temple of Dawn, and Five Signs of a God's Decay--and they were published over a six-year period, from 1965-1970. Mishima's plays include Tenth Day Chrysanthemum, and the Kabuki piece The Moon Like a Drawn Bow. Although Mishima was been nominated three times for the Nobel Prize for Literature, he never received it. Nevertheless, he is considered by many critics as one of the most important Japanese novelists of the 20th century. Yukio Mishima died by his own hand in 1970, committing seppuku (ritual disembowelment).

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