Novelist, playwright, film actor, martial artist, and political commentator, Yukio Mishima (1925-1970) was arguably the most famous person in Japan at the time of his death. Henry Scott Stokes, one of Mishima's closest friends, was the only non-Japanese allowed to attend the trial of the men involved in Mishima's spectacular suicide. In this insightful and empathetic look at the writer, Stokes guides the reader through the milestones of Mishima's meteoric and eclectic career and delves into the artist's major works and themes. This biography skillfully and compassionately illuminates the achievements and disquieting ideas of a brilliant and deeply troubled man, an artist of whom Nobel Laureate Yasunari Kawabata had said, "A writer of Mishima's caliber comes along only once every two or three hundred years."
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A brilliant, riveting portrayal not only of Mishima, but also of the upper orders in Japan -- Tom Wolfe The book is humane, intelligent, and probably as close as a Western reader is likely to get to the subject... A literate examination examination of the man's work. TimeAbout the Author:
Henry Scott Stokes is a noted journalist who has worked for both the New York Times and the London Times. Most recently, he has edited an anthology entitled The Kwangju Uprising: Eyewitness Press Accounts of Korea's Tiananmen. He lives in Tokyo.
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Book Description Penguin Books Ltd, 1985. Book Condition: Good. N/A. Ships from the UK. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Bookseller Inventory # GRP79529825
Book Description Penguin UK. Paperback. Book Condition: Fair. Bookseller Inventory # G0140072489I5N00
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Book Description Penguin Books, Harmondsworth, 1986. Trade Paperback. Book Condition: Very Good. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. This edition is illustrated with black & white photographs. A reprint detailing the life and work of one of Japan's most famous novelists. It portrays the many sides of Mishima - friend, family man, celebrated novelist, actor and playwright; homosexual, narcissist, fanatical body-builder and self-styled samurai - against the backcloth of post-Hiroshima Japan. A copy with a couple of light creases to the back cover and light edge wear to the same. The book is clean and tightly bound, whilst the pages are lightly tanned. There are no ink inscriptions. (Please note that the photo where supplied is of the actual item for sale and is not a stock photo). Bookseller Inventory # 005512
Book Description Penguin, London, 1985. Soft cover. Book Condition: Good. 12mo - over 6¾ - 7¾" tall. 271pp paperback, bw plates, edges toned, good. Bookseller Inventory # 028964
Book Description Penguin Books Ltd, 1985. Paperback. 8vo. Very good+. Bookseller Inventory # 028310
Book Description Penguin Books, 1986. Soft Cover. Book Condition: Very Good. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. Penguin, 1986 re. Pb 8vo 271pp. B&W illus. Very good. Edges foxed. Bookseller Inventory # 129652
Book Description Penguin Books, Harmondsworth, 1985. Pictorial Wraps. Book Condition: Near Fine. Reprint. Illustrated with b&w photographs. Includes list of works by Yukio Mishima, notes, plus index. "A brilliant, absorbing biography of one of modern Japan's greatest figures." Very slight shelfwear, otherwise a very nice clean tight solid softcover copy. 271pp. SB-83. Size: 19.5 x 13cm. Bookseller Inventory # 015602
Book Description Penguin, 1985. Softcover. Book Condition: Good. Dust Jacket Condition: No Dust Jacket. Edition Unstated. Size: Octavo (standard book size). 271 pages. Text body is clean, and free from previous owner annotation, underlining and highlighting. Binding is tight, covers and spine fully intact. Edges foxed and browned. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Under 500 grams. Category: Literature & Literary; Biography & Autobiography. ISBN: 0140072489. ISBN/EAN: 9780140072488. Dewey Code: 895.6/35 19. Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request. Inventory No: RB12779. Bookseller Inventory # RB12779