Death in Midsummer and Other Stories

Death in Midsummer and Other Stories

by Yukio Mishima


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Recognized throughout the world for his brilliance as a novelist and playwright, Yukio Mishima is also noted as a master of the short story in his native Japan, where the form is practiced as a major art.

Nine of Yukio Mishima’s finest stories were selected by Mishima himself for translation in this book; they represent his extraordinary ability to depict a wide variety of human beings in moments of significance. Often his characters are sophisticated modern Japanese who turn out to be not so liberated from the past as they had thought.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780811201179
Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publication date: 01/28/1966
Series: New Directions Paperbook
Pages: 1
Sales rank: 121,025
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Yukio Mishima (1925-1970) completed his first novel the year he entered the University of Tokyo and his last novel the day of his death. He is the author of numerous novels, stories, plays, and essays. Gore Vidal once said of him: “I only regret we never met, for friends found him a good companion, a fine drinking partner, and fun to cruise with.” Mishima committed suicide by ceremonial seppuku after a failed coup d’état intended to restore pre-WWII power to the emperor of Japan.

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