The Temple of the Golden Pavilion (Paperback)

Author: Mishima, Yukio

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Because of the boyhood trauma of seeing his mother make love to another man in the presence of his dying father, Mizoguchi becomes a hopeless stutterer. Taunted by his schoolmates, he feels utterly alone until he becomes an acolyte at a famous temple in Kyoto. He quickly becomes obsessed with the beauty of the temple. Even when tempted by a friend into exploring the geisha district, he cannot escape its image. In the novel's soaring climax, he tries desperately to free himself from his fixation.

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Publisher Random House Inc
Mfg Part# 9780679752707
SKU 30118726
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0679752706
Release Date 10/1/1994
Physical
Dimensions (in Inches) 8H x 5.25L x 0.75T
Author Info
Yukio Mishima
The prolific writer Yukio Mishima was the author of 40 novels as well as poetry, essays, and modern Kabuki ja Noh drama. Born in Tokyo, Mishima worked in a factory during World War II, then studied law at Tokyo University and worked as a civil servant before devoting himself entirely to writing. His first major work wasCONFESSIONS OF A MASK (1949), and dealt with his discovery of his own homosexuality; his tetralogy, SEA OF FERTILITY (1965-1970), is regarded by many as his most lasting achievement. Mishima was deeply attracted to the austerity and martial spirit of Japan's past, and was an expert in the martial arts. In 1968 he founded a private army of young men dedicated to a revival of the samurai code of honor. In 1970, feeling that his country had lost its soul, Mishima and four members of his army stormed into a military headquarters in Tokyo, attempting to to take it over as a way of inspiring the Japanese to his nationalist heroic ideals. After the failure of the attempt, he committed seppuku (ritual disembowelment) with his sword. Following samurai ritual, a young disciple then cut off Mishima's head before killing himself as well. A film of Mishima's life appeared in 1985, directed by Paul Schrader.
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"An amazing literary feat in its minute delineation of a neurotic personality."
"Established Mishima's claim as one of the outstanding writers of the world."
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Annotation Mizoguchi has a stutter and is the butt of his classmates' jokes. He becomes an acolyte at a Kyoto temple, and develops an obsession with the temple's beauty.
Editors Note Translated from the Japanese by Ivan Morris. Traumatized as a child by seeing his mother make love to another man in the presence of his dying father, Mizoguchi becomes a hopeless stutterer. Taunted by his schoolmates, he feels utterly alone until he becomes an acolyte at a famous temple in Kyoto. He quickly becomes obsessed with the beauty of the temple. Even when tempted by a friend to explore the geisha district, he cannot escape the temple's image. In the novel's soaring climax, Mizoguchi tries desperately to free himself from his affliction."Beautifully translated.... Mishima re-erects Kyoto, plain and mountain, monastery, temple, town, as Victor Hugo made Paris out of Notre Dame."--The Nation"An amazing literary feat in its minute delineation of a neurotic personality."--Chicago Tribune
Editors Note 2 A hopeless stutterer, taunted by his schoolmates, Mizoguchi feels utterly alone until he becomes an acolyte at a famous temple in Kyoto. But he quickly becomes obsessed with the temple's beauty, and cannot live in peace as long as it exists.
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Book Format Paperback
Number of Pages 0288
Publisher Vintage Books

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