Mishima

A Vision of the Void

Maguerite Yourcenar

Mishima
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Maguerite Yourcenar

Translated by Alberto Manguel
160 pages | 5-1/4 x 8 | © 1986, 1987, 2001
Paper $20.00 ISBN: 9780226965321 Published September 2001 Not for sale in the British Commonwealth except Canada
On November 25, 1970, Japan's most renowned postwar novelist, Yukio Mishima, stunned the world by committing ritual suicide. Here, Marguerite Yourcenar, a brilliant reader of Mishima and a scholar with an eye for the cultural roles of fiction, unravels the author's life and politics: his affection for Western culture, his family and his homosexuality, his brilliant writings, and his carefully premeditated death.
Contents
Energy is Eternal Delight
WILLIAM BLAKE
The Marriage of Heaven and Hell

But if the salt have lost his savour,
wherewith shall it be salted?
MATTHEW 5:13

Die in your thoughts every morning
and you will no longer fear death.
Hagakure
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