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Perigee Books, Nov 1, 1980 - Fiction - 403 pages
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Irresistible to women, the beautiful, young Yuichi embarks on a loveless marriage while he enters a homosexual underworld during postwar Japan.

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User Review  - dbsovereign - LibraryThing

A tragic story of denial and sublimation. Only Mishima could have written about this kind of love which is so utterly and obssessively compromised and doomed to failure. Read full review

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Published in the United States during the 1960s but written years earlier, this Mishima trio, while vastly different in plot, all sport the common theme of idealism destroyed by reality. Nearly three ... Read full review


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

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