Description - The Temple Of The Golden Pavilion by Yukio Mishima
In a powerful story of dedication, obsession and sacrifice, THE TEMPLE OF THE GOLDEN PAVILION brings together Mishima's preoccupations with violence, desire, religion and national history to dazzling effect. Based on an actual incident, the burning of a celebrated temple, the novel is both a gripping narrative and a meditation on the condition of post-war Japan.
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(197mm x 132mm x 16mm)
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Author Biography - Yukio Mishima
Yukio Mishima was born into a samurai family and imbued with the code of complete control over mind and body, and loyalty to the Emperor - the same code that produced the austerity and self-sacrifice of Zen. He wrote countless stories and thirty-three plays, in some of which he performed. Several films have been made from his novels, including The Sound of Waves, Enjo which was based on The Temple of the Golden Pavilion and The Sailor Who Fell From Grace with the Sea. Among his other works are the novels Confessions of a Mask and Thirst for Love and the short story collections Death in Midsummer and Acts of Worship. The Sea of Fertility tetralogy, however, is his masterpiece. After Mishima conceived the idea of The Sea of Fertility in 1964, he frequently said he would die when it was completed. On 25 November 1970, the day he completed The Decay of the Angel, the last novel of the cycle, Mishima committed seppuku (ritual suicide) at the age of forty-five.