36 Views of Mishima Yukio (2) – Paul Lewell

Mishima Yukio 2
No Japanese person in the twentieth century, with the possible exception of the emperor himself, has achieved such fame in the West as Mishima Yukio… His spectacular suicide in 1970 continues to identify him in the popular imagination as representing everything that is different, strange and inexplicable about Japan… The truth about Mishima Yukio is therefore obscured by the sensationalism that accompanies the films, books, and articles about him

(Paul Lewell: Modern Japanese Novelists. A Biographical Dictionary. New York, et al., 1993)

1 Response to “36 Views of Mishima Yukio (2) – Paul Lewell”


  1. 1 Sanzu 3 September 22, 2007 at 6:10 pm

    certainly true. I think I’ve read everything by Mishima that has been translated into English and the sum of it very different to the common perception of Mishima.


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