Mishima's Sword. CHRISTOPHER ROSS.

Mishima's Sword.

London. Harper Perennial. 2006. Stock ID #98186

262pp, notes, bibliography, glossary, paperback. In 1970, Japan's most famous writer, Yukio Mishima, cut open his stomach and was then beheaded with his own antique sword. His anachronistic suicide has been called many things: a desperate heroic gesture; a work of art; a political protest; the antics of a madman. But, which is correct? And, what became of Mishima's sword? Thirty years later, Christopher Ross sets out for Japan on the trail of those who might have answers: craftsmen and critics; soldiers and swordsmen; boyfriends and biographers; even the man who taught Mishima hara-kiri. Like his best-selling "Tunnel Visions: Journeys of an Underground Philosopher", Christopher Ross has written another unclassifiable blend of travel writing, autobiography and philosophical enquiry to create a mesmeric account of modern Japan and the peculiar death that haunts it to this day. (When referring to this item please quote stockid 98186).

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