Death in midsummer and other stories by Yukio Mishima, book review

Death in midsummer and other stories by Yukio Mishima (1925-70) is a collection of the Japanese author's short stories. Some are relatively early in his career (Death in midsummer, 1953), and some are from much later in his career (Patriotism, 1966). Because of this the stories offer a wide scope of his writing ability and … Continue reading Death in midsummer and other stories by Yukio Mishima, book review

The life and death of Yukio Mishima by Henry Scott Stokes, book review

This biography about the life and death of Yukio Mishima is written by his personal friend Henry Scott Stokes. Henry was a writer and had came into contact with Mishima, personally visited and been invited by Mishima himself for visits, holidays and house visits. In the introduction Henry explains how he came into contact with … Continue reading The life and death of Yukio Mishima by Henry Scott Stokes, book review

#203 – Remembering Yukio Mishima

Death and Night and Blood Ran through the veins of Kimitake. Wearing a death mask of confessions, He oscillated between the crying boy after his Writings had been burned by his father, Which he had crafted by his grandmother's Deathbed, and the strong man Who disembowelled himself for the Honour of the Sun-God: the Emperor. Not … Continue reading #203 – Remembering Yukio Mishima

Confessions of a mask by Yukio Mishima, book review

Yukio Mishima is a dark and mysterious character in modern Japanese history. He was born pre-world war II and wrote in post-war Japan, he was unhappy with its changing face and its throwing away of its tradition after the defeat by the US. The book 'Confessions of a mask' is semi-autobiographical (or at least it … Continue reading Confessions of a mask by Yukio Mishima, book review