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Spring Snow by Yukio Mishima
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Sep 08, 07

the first in mishima's tetralogy and, so far, the best (i'm in the middle of the third). on its own, Spring Snow is easily one of the most tender love stories i've read -- but it cannot be considered on its own: as honda watches a friend reincarnated several times over the span of several novels, it all adds up to even more than the sum of its extraordinary parts. in the USA, this'd play out as gimmick; in japan (shinto, buddhism, etc.) it is the assumption. an exploration of history, the philosophy of history, buddhism, transmigration of souls, right-wing fanaticism, nationalism, america's influence over the east, loneliness, memory, love, etc... the depth and breadth of this series cannot be overstated.
oh yeah... mishima promised that after completing the fourth and final book of the series, he'd kill himself. the day he handed in the manuscript, he rounded up his crew of right-wing militants, forcefully took over a goverment building, gave a speech to the military (he plots this all out in Runaway Horses, the second of the tetralogy), and then killed himself. fuck yeah!
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message 1: by Tosh (new)

Tosh I have to locate my Mishima record and make a copy for you. Mishima sings, acts, and other stuff. A true icon of the 20th Century.

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