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Yukio Mishima - Life Stories, Books, and Links
 
Biographical Information

Stories about Yukio Mishima

Selected works by this author

Selected books about / related to this author

Recommended links
 
BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION
 
Picture of Japanese writer Yukio Mishima
Yukio Mishima   (1925 - 1970)
 
Category:  Japanese Literature
 
Born:  January 14, 1925
Tokyo, Japan
 
Died:  November 25, 1970
Tokyo, Japan
 
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Yukio Mishima - LIFE STORIES
 
 
11/25/1970     Mishima's Seppuku Aesthetics
On this day in 1970 Yukio Mishima committed seppuku (ritual suicide, also known as hara-kiri). Mishima was a three-time Nobel nominee, and his dozen novels made him the most famous and translated Japanese writer of his generation. His spectacularly staged death was front-page news around the world, and it is still being analyzed for what it says about him, or his fiction, or Japan.
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SELECTED WORKS BY THIS AUTHOR
 
 
Confessions of a Mask
fiction
 
Correspondencia Kawabata-Mishima
by Yasunari Kawabata, Yukio Mishima
letters
 
Death in Midsummer: And Other Stories
short stories
 
Five Modern Noh Plays
by Yukio Mishima, Donald Keene (Translator)
drama
 
Forbidden Colours
fiction
 
Patriotism
fiction
 
Runaway Horses (Sea of Fertility, 2)
fiction
 
Silk and Insight
fiction
 
Spring Snow (Sea of Fertility, 1)
fiction
 
The Decay of the Angel (Sea of Fertility, 4)
fiction
 
The Sailor Who Fell from Grace With the Sea
fiction
 
The Sound of Waves
fiction
 
The Temple of Dawn (Sea of Fertility, 3)
fiction
 
The Temple of the Golden Pavilion
fiction
 
The Way of the Samurai: Yukio Mishima on Hagakure in Modern Life
non-fiction
 
 
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SELECTED BOOKS ABOUT (or related to) THIS AUTHOR
 
 
Ba-ra-kei: Ordeal by Roses
by Eikoh Hosoe
photography, biography
 
Deadly Dialectics: Sex, Violence, and Nihilism in the World of Yukio Mishima
by Roy Starrs
analysis and criticism
 
Mishima: A Biography
by John Nathan
biography
 
The Life and Death of Yukio Mishima
by Henry Scott Stokes
biography
 
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Article: "I Cut Off the Head of Yukio Mishima"
Exquisite Corpse: A Journal of Life and Letters brings this interesting piece about a writer's dogged search to interview the man who cut off the head of Yukio Mishima.

"Why did I want to go to Japan to interview, face-to-face, Hiroyasu Koga, the man who, in 1970, cut off the head of Yukio Mishima, the novelist expected to win the Nobel Prize? It's important to understand that the well-known beheading incident was not only consensual, but orchestrated in exquisite detail by Mishima himself. So what we really have here is not so much an act of murder as an act of influence -- with the emphasis on act. For 30 years anyone familiar with this event has said the same thing -- it was a homosexual melodrama that got a little out of hand. If anything more is said, it's usually about how Mishima was raised by his grandmother as a girl, how she shielded him from violent movies and plays, which led, by some sort of compensation, to an over fascination with blood, swords, and samurai...."
City Honors School
Find a dozen student essays about The Sailor Who Fell From Grace With the Sea. Includes commentary on stylistic technique, Japan and the West, symbolism and the motif of the sea, theme, existentialist perspectives, and more.
The Yukio Mishima Cyber Museum
Find bibliography, information about the Yukio Mishima Museum (Bungakukan), and an extensive online chronological timeline of events in the Mishima's life, categorized under the following subjects:

  • 1925 - 1940 : Infancy and Youth

  • 1941 - 1945 : The Adlescence in War-time

  • 1946 - 1951 : The Time of Confessions of a Mask

  • 1952 - 1957 : The Time of The Temple of the Golden Pavilion

  • 1958 - 1964 : At the Time of Kyoko's House

  • 1965 - 1970 : At the Time of The Sea of Fertility

  • 1971 - 1998 : The Post-Mishima Days
  • The Yukio Mishima Web Page
    A fan site features a biography and essays offering analysis and criticism of such works as:

  • Confessions of a Mask

  • Sun and Steel

  • Spring Snow

  • Runaway Horses

  • The Temple of the Golden Pavilion
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