Yukio Mishima
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'Was it death he was now waiting for? Or a wild ecstasy of the senses?' For the young army officer of Yukio Mishima's seminal story, 'Patriotism, ' death and ecstasy become elementally intertwined. With his unique rigor and passion, Mishima hones in on the body as the great tragic stage for all we call social, ritual, political.


those who saw the bride and bridegroom in the commemorative photograph — perhaps no less than those actually present at the lieutenant’s wedding — had exclaimed in wonder at the bearing of this handso...


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