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Death In Midsummer And Other Stories

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  2,291 Ratings  ·  162 Reviews
Recognized throughout the world for his brilliance as a novelist and playwright, Yokio Mishima is also noted as a master of the short story in his native Japan, where the form is practiced as a major art.
Paperback, New Edition, 192 pages
Published September 13th 1991 by Penguin Books Ltd. (first published 1966)
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Jun 28, 2011 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
Oct 01, 2015 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
Aug 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Even more intense and beautiful than I remember, especially Patriotism.
Jul 02, 2015 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
Aug 01, 2010 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.
Dec 27, 2007 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.....
Aug 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
DEATH IN MIDSUMMER and other stories. (1966). Yukio Mishima. ***.
This is a collection of ten short stories previously published in Japan by this renowned writer and translated into English by one of four different translators. You have to get ready to react in a non-Occidental manner to these tales in order to get their flavor. The Japanese sensibility is very different from ours to events that occur in their lives. The title story is, in my opinion, was one of the very best of the lot – if not
Colette Ni
Jan 26, 2012 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
Jun 04, 2014 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
Sarah Magdalene
Jan 02, 2010 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
Jul 05, 2014 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
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
Vitor Garcia
Mar 07, 2015 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".
Hack Soul
Jan 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: japan
Without doubt my favorite stories are the priest of Shiga temple and Onnagata.
I'm really starting to like Mishima even if i have a hard time reading him.
Aug 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Derin analizler ve ince betimlemeler içeren bir öykü kitabı. Öyküler şaşırtıcı bir şekilde ve bıçakla kesilmiş gibi sonlanıyor. Beğendim.

"Yaşamımız yalnızca uyarıcı şeylerle kuşatılmış değildir. Yaşam bazen insanı uyutuverir. İyi yaşamayı başarabilen insanlar sürekli uyanık olanlar değildir. Arada sırada kararlılıkla uyuyabilen insanlardır." Yaz Ortasında Ölüm, 3. Baskı, sf: 172
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
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
Greg Brozeit
May 16, 2015 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
João Roque
Dec 28, 2012 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
Mar 01, 2011 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
Aug 25, 2007 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.
[proper review coming soon when I stop sneezing and feeling like my head will explode]
Beka Sukhitashvili
Jun 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: japanese
განსაკუთრებით მომეწონა "სიკვდილი შუა ზაფხულში" და "წყლის ხმა". ბოლო, საერთოდ, ერთ–ერთი საუკეთესო მოთხრობაა რაც კი ოდესმე წამიკითხავს.
Andy Chavez
The short story "Patriotism" is like THE quintessential Mishima work. It's full of all his masturbatory idealism about death, honor, youth, beauty, and suicide. All it's missing is some repressed homosexuality.
Nov 25, 2012 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
Feb 12, 2011 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
Sep 15, 2007 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
Dec 27, 2015 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
Gertrude & Victoria
Feb 23, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: japanese-library
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
Jul 09, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbt, foreign-fiction
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
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