In The Temple of the Golden Pavilion, celebrated Japanese novelist Yukio Mishima creates a haunting portrait of a young man’s obsession with idealized beauty and his destructive quest to possess it fully.
Mizoguchi, an ostracized stutterer, develops a childhood fascination with Kyoto’s famous Golden Temple. While an acolyte at the temple, he fixates on the structure’s aesthetic perfection and it becomes his one and only object of desire. But as Mizoguchi begins to perceive flaws in the temple, he determines that the only true path to beauty lies in an act of horrific violence. Based on a real incident that occurred in 1950, The Temple of the Golden Pavilion brilliantly portrays the passions and agonies of a young man in postwar Japan, bringing to the subject the erotic imagination and instinct for the dramatic moment that marked Mishima as one of the towering makers of modern fiction. With an introduction by Donald Keene; Translated from the Japanese by Ivan Morris.
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"Beautifully translated... Mishima re-erects Kyoto, plain and mountain, monastery, temple, town, as Victor Hugo made Paris out of Notre Dame." -- The Nation "An amazing literary feat in its minute delineation of a neurotic personality." -- Chicago Tribune Translated from the Japanese by Ivan Morris "From the Trade Paperback edition."
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Book Description Penguin Books Ltd, 1987. Book Condition: Good. New Ed. N/A. Ships from the UK. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Bookseller Inventory # GRP90278653
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Book Description Penguin Books, Harmondsworth, 1987. Trade Paperback. Book Condition: Very Good. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. Published as part of the Penguin Modern Classics series and based upon a true life incident, when an unhappy student of Zen Buddism set fire to, and destroyed, the famous Golden Pavilion in Kyoto. A copy which has some slight discolouration to the back cover and light edge wear to the cover. The book internally is both clean and tightly bound, with only very slight tanning to the pages and 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 # 001314
Book Description Penguin Books Ltd, 1987. Book Condition: Very Good. New Ed. N/A. Great condition for a used book! Minimal wear. Bookseller Inventory # GRP92528310
Book Description Penguin, Middlesex, England, 1987. Soft Cover. First Penguin Edition. VG, Edgewear, creases, ink name, dealer stamp, rectangular piece torn from leading edge of first page, browning. "This novel was inspired by a real incident that took place in Kyoto in 1950, when an unhappy and unbalanced student of Zen Buddhism set fire to, and destroyed, the famous Golden Pavilion'. Translated from the Japanese. Expanded condition report/photo on request. Bookseller Inventory # 031872