'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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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - kidzdoc - LibraryThing
This novella takes place during the Feburary 26 Incident, an attempted coup d’état that took place in Tokyo in 1936 in which the Imperial Way, an ultranationalist faction of the Imperial Army ... Read full review
PatriotismUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
This brief historical story of a young army officer and his wife is considered seminal Mishima. LJ's reviewer wrote that Mishima's stories have "timeless and universal appeal" (LJ 4/1/66). Read full review