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სიკვდილი შუა ზაფხულში

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წიგნში შესულია მოთხრობები: "სიკვდილი შუა ზაფხულში", "გაზეთი", "ჟოლოს ყვავილები", "ზღვა და დაისი", "პატრიოტიზმი", "სიგას ტაძრის წმინდა ბერის სიყვარული" და "წყლის ხმა".
Paperback, 160 pages
Published 2011 by პალიტრა L (first published 1966)
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Mariel
Jul 20, 2011 Mariel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: snow angels
Recommended to Mariel by: Me! I did something right
Have you seen Yukio Mishima? He's a really buff Japanese guy. He might be carrying a big ass sword. He's probably wearing tighty whiteys because he was wearing little white underpants in every photo I've ever seen of him. How many really buff Japanese guys with swords in little white underwear can there be? SOMEONE must have seen him. Will you tell him that I changed my mind about thinking he was kinda good but not really favorite material? That maybe he was kinda too melodramatic for someone as ...more
[P]
Oct 02, 2015 [P] rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Throughout my life I have written hundreds of short stories; some stretching to thousands of words, and some only a paragraph or two. It’s strange that someone who admits to avoiding short fiction, for the most part, would be so drawn to writing it himself. Although I guess it sums up my personality. In any case, it isn’t that I don’t like short stories but, rather, that I think most of them are poor [including my own, most likely]. The masters of the form – Carver, Chekhov et al – show that at ...more
Hadrian
Sep 04, 2015 Hadrian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Even more intense and beautiful than I remember, especially Patriotism.
Scoobs
Aug 23, 2008 Scoobs rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
its summer time in los angeles. so i know we are all thinking about suicide. if only i was a samurai. if only i had a blade. it would truly cut down on my bus ride from culver city to west hollywood. would booksoup miss me at all?

tosh would. he introduced me to mishima. to his videos on youtube and to shrader on dvd.

no worries, i'll be in for the tommy chong event tomorrow, but.....
Jale
Jul 03, 2015 Jale rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mişima ölmeden önce "İnsan yaşamı kısa, ama ben hep yaşayacağım” notunu bırakmış.
Dört arkadaşıyla bir generali esir aldıktan sonra, seppuku (harakiri) yaparak kendini öldürmeye çalışmış ve yakın arkadaşlarından birisinin kılıçla başını kesmesi sonucu hayata veda etmiş.
Sigara (Tabako) öyküsü, kendisi kadar yalnız ve meczup Baudelaire'in "her yere düşerken güneş ışıkları, tükendi gençliğim zifiri karanlık fırtınalarda." sözleriyle başlıyor.
'Ölüm' merkezli öyküler ve yaşamı için fazlasıyla umutlu
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Beki
Feb 20, 2012 Beki rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
horribly visceral and terrible at times, each of these stories subtly keeps us in the characters' present, often mundane moments. mishima covers the quiet death of children on a beach outside of tokyo, awfully repressed homosexuality in a kabuki theater, and the passing lives of former lovers in japan as they try to reconnect unexpectedly in downtown San Francisco. at once fantastic and reserved, the book is wonderfully moving reading- but the sort of moving that keeps you still. good shit.
Margarida
Jul 14, 2014 Margarida rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Que escrita maravilhosa. Não há outro adjectivo. Delicada, todavia de uma grande força e capacidade de nos mergulhar nas emoções das personagens.

Este livro reúne três contos: 'Morte em Pleno Verão', 'Patriotismo' e 'Onnagata'. A primeira história centra-se à volta de Tomoko e Masaru, um casal que perde os dois filhos mais velhos, um menino e uma menina de seis e cinco anos, respectivamente, afogados no mar, juntamente com a cunhada Yasue. Yasue era irmã da Masaru e tomava conta das crianças; sem
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Colette Ni
Jan 26, 2012 Colette Ni rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The reason I'm adding my old beloved books is because I simply can not find time to read new ones as life is hectic right now. I read this collection of short stories (for both writer and reader a convenient form in busy lives) a long time ago. I particularly loved The Pearl, but glancing through the title story to remember what beguiled me, I once again found myself in awe of the sheer brilliance of his descriptions of landscape before he leads you into the ordinary, then the tragedy in this st ...more
Sarah Magdalene
Oct 29, 2011 Sarah Magdalene rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Suppose I could talk about "The Priest of Shiga Temple and His Love". But anything I said would just spoil it. Mishima deserves his mysteries kept for those interested enough to discover them personally. I will say that this story made think very deeply on the nature of love and spirituality. Human beings are such strange and perverse animals. They can spend a whole lifetime consciously trying to attain an abstract spiritual ideal only to throw it all away in an instant of futile passion. Desire ...more
Jain
This is an extraordinary collection of stories. My favorite, "Patriotism," is a beautiful and powerful story about a young general and his wife's response to the attempted coup d'etat in 1936. In other stories in the collection, Mishima deftly explores smaller dramas: the long aftermath of a family tragedy; disappointed love; infidelity; the results of a tasteless joke upon a group of friends.

I especially appreciated the stories' endings; sometimes they involved an unexpected twist, while other
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Jonathon
This guy has the dark side of humankind down. He knows what it is to be human and experience pain (or so it seems). Grieving, death, decay, truthful and raw emotion, etc. I hate to compare him to Hemingway (I have heard this comparison before, I am totally unoriginal and am stealing that comparison), but he is like a dark, brutal, more emotional Hemingway...From Japan! It seems his stories always have a snap at the end that the rest of the story leads up to. I can't think of a better example of ...more
Vitor Garcia
Dec 28, 2015 Vitor Garcia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Coleção de contos de qualidade variável, com tons sombrios e trágicos e um pouquinho de humor pro negócio não ficar muito deprimente. A representação negativa das mulheres de Mishima começa a me cansar.
Os contos que eu mais gostei foram "Morte em pleno verão", "O sacerdote do Templo Shiga e seu amor", "Patriotismo" e "Onnagata".
Greg Brozeit
Jul 08, 2015 Greg Brozeit rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-stories
A haunting sense of sadness and tragedy pervades Mishima’s writing. This collection of nine short stories and one short play focuses on themes of loss, death, honor, superstition, jealousy, motives, and piety. Although I am woefully ignorant of Japanese history and culture, I feel that these stories are somehow intense primers, or insights, to a world it would otherwise take me much longer to appreciate and comprehend.

I read the story “Patriotism” quite coincidentally on the 4th of July. But it
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Madhuri
Jul 14, 2014 Madhuri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't know whether to mark this book as read. And this is a dilemma I repeatedly suffer with short story collections. I have already read from it the stories I wanted to. I doubt if I will pick it again, but at the same time, I would like to remember those few stories. The powerful impact of Death in midsummer or the poetic nature of the suicide in Patriotism. I wonder if writing so beautifully about suicide is what drew Mishima to the romanticism of killing oneself.

My favourite was Death in
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João Roque
Jul 14, 2014 João Roque rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, contos
Sete pequenos contos estão insertos neste notável livro de Yukio Mishima.
E de todos eles, apenas um não me seduziu grandemente: “Garrafas- Termos”. Todos os outros têm suficientes motivos de interesse para que eu dê ao livro, no seu conjunto, cinco estrelas sem hesitar.
São contos muito diferentes entre si, nos temas, mas com alguns pontos comuns, nomeadamente serem contos que nos revelam o mundo japonês, como uma sociedade muito especial, com particularidades únicas. E claro, outro traço de uniã
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Rin
Yukio Mishima is one of the best modern writers of Japan.This book is one of his famous works, no doubt. Right. Stories in this book are really beautiful, enchanting , and poetic. His stories nail on tiny details to paint the overall pictures. There are tons of symbols (culture, politics etc) and implications behind the surface.Some of his stories are quite bitter about the modernization and Westernization of Japanese culture,the trying-too-hard effort to copy Western /American lifestyles of Jap ...more
Pedro
Apr 18, 2016 Pedro rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Histórias muito diferentes, desfiadas de modo premeditado e depurado, onde a cultura e os costumes japoneses aparecem em foco de maneira singular. Se a fotografia tem o instante decisivo, a escrita de Mishima tem o detalhe decisivo, sobre o qual giram os seus contos.
Zac
Dec 27, 2015 Zac rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I picked up this collection of short stories by Mishima in an attempt to familiarise myself with the author before I took on The Sea Of Fertility series, but I’m not sure that I’ll bother with those books for a while. These stories were not bad, but were a bit too moody for me at the moment. 'Death In Midsummer' is pretty ominous but not much ends up happening and is more just a study in grief. 'Patriotism' was a highlight and goes into the psychology and ritual of seppuku. It’s surprising that ...more
Clint
Feb 26, 2009 Clint rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mishima shows himself to be excel in the short story as well as the novel in this collection, but the stories are a little harder to understand. There's one story that is actually FUNNY. Can anyone imagine Mishima writing a funny story? Overall, bleak, harsh, violent, beautiful, classic Mishima.
Steven
[proper review coming soon when I stop sneezing and feeling like my head will explode]
umberto
Dec 09, 2012 umberto rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-story, japan
I preferred the fourth story, "The Priest of Shiga Temple and His Love", which is interestingly imaginative, penetrative and contemplative since Mishima's narrative is so superb and brilliant that, I think, few could surpass or think as his equals. In fact, there are 10 stories in the contents but we are informed this is “a collection of nine of the finest stories” (back cover) and I wondered why such contradictory information should exist like that. So I hoped the staff of the publishing compan ...more
Colleen
Sep 15, 2007 Colleen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Death in Midsummer is one of the finest collections of short stories there are. Mishima was such an intense person, and he really captures the tension between modern Japan and it's complicated past, because it is in him. Of course, the story that anyone remembers who has read this collection is "Patriotism", about an official in the Japanese army who has learned of some kind of mutany in his ranks, and then goes home to commit sepuku, or hara kiri (disemboweling)with his loyal wife. It's a very ...more
Gabriel
Feb 23, 2011 Gabriel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Late in 2010, I was told to watch a movie: Mishima. Though the recommendation was for the music, there was something in watching the biopic that drove me to read something by the man. This collection of short stories was my introduction to his written work.

Overall, the span of styles and atmospheres created in this decidedly Japanese (yet still, to sound cliche, Universal) collection fascinated me from the start. That matched with the exquisite storytelling ability that Mishima demonstrates in e
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Gertrude & Victoria
Death in Midsummer and Other Stories is a wonderful collection of some of Mishima Yukio's finest short stories. His supreme command of language, in-depth understanding of human nature, and skill in covering a diverse range of subject matter is remarkable. He is without peer in Japan and the most versatile writer since the Meiji period.

Among the stories in this collection, the most complex and esoteric is The Priest of Shiga Temple and His Love. Mishima beautifully recreates a dream-like landscap
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Oğuzhan Eser
Kitaba adını veren öykü olan "Yaz Ortasında Ölüm" tam bir psikolojik savaş, acıyla dost olma ve ondan nefret etme hali. "Kanatlar" isimli öyküyle birlikte kitabı çok üst seviyelere taşıyorlar. Diğer öykülerden o tadı alamasamda okumaya değer.
Joao
Oct 26, 2014 Joao rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sete contos de Mishima, sendo que o primeiro, Morte em Pleno Verão, marca pela frieza e distanciamento da narrativa, quase indiferente ao horror da situação, e choca pela péssima tradução. Os dois últimos contos, Patriotismo e Onnagata, deslumbram e deliciam, o primeiro, muito masculino, pela tensão que cria e pela minúcia da descrição de um seppuku, o segundo, muito feminino, em marcante contraste com o anterior, pela delicadeza do triângulo amoroso entre um famoso onnagata (denominação dos ato ...more
Hikachi
Death in Midsummer is a collection of various short stories by Mishima. Even though I'm familiar with his longer works, I have to admit that his short stories are quite haunting in a pretty way. The vivid details of the characters and the surrounding environments were able to transport the readers to actually witness and relate to the characters.
Mishima's subtle method on conveying his characters's emotion and progress, including their issues played a great role here. So far, my favorites are t
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David
Mar 05, 2011 David rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: big-red-circle
"Violence, homosexuality and the spiritual emptiness of post-war Japan: these were Mishima's key themes. But not all of these nine stories (and one play) exemplify them; for there was also a streak of wry, ironic humour. Here, then, is truly compelling reading. There is shock, explosion, illumination. Here is Mishima. Here is Japan."

That's the boast on tha back of my 1971 Penguin edition, and it's true!

I'm usually not a fan of characters taking themselves too seriously, so I'm not sure why I don
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Liz Thompson
Feb 02, 2008 Liz Thompson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Why can't Western universities incorporate more Eastern lit into the canon? I was lucky enough to have an Asia-phile prof at my first undergraduate institution who did just that. Mishima's work is subtle, yet more compelling than any thrills and spills books I've ever read. "Thermos Bottles" is just one example of the short stories in this collection that is a perfect art. Mishima effectively relays the quiet disillusion of marriage through the lens of a Japanese character that understands Ameri ...more
Spike Gomes
Dec 17, 2014 Spike Gomes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What is unique about Mishima is how intensely Japanese he is in his ethics and mores, yet he expresses himself in fiction written in a Western fashion. This certainly comes through more in his short stories than in his novels. It was once remarked to me by a Japanese student of mine that Mishima is not popular in his home country for two reasons, his right-wing politics and his very Western narrative aesthetics.

How to explain it? Well, Mishima expresses himself in the language of realism, even a
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