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Description - The Temple of the Golden Pavillion by Yukio Mishima

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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Book Details

ISBN: 9780679433156
ISBN-10: 0679433155
Format: Hardback
(211mm x 132mm x 23mm)
Pages: 304
Imprint: Everyman's Library USA
Publisher: Random House USA Inc
Publish Date: 21-Mar-1995
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Yukio Mishima

Yukio Mishima was born in Tokyo, Japan, in 1925. One of Japan's most acclaimed and well-known authors of the 20th century, his works include The Sailor who Fell from Grace with the Sea, The Sound of Waves, and the Sea of Fertility tetralogy (Spring Snow, Runaway Horses, The Temple of Dawn, and The Decay of the Angel). He died in 1970.

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