Death in Midsummer: And Other Stories (Paperback)

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This collection is the perfect introduction to Japan's own enfant terrible. A larger than life character, Mishima's obsessions with death and sex found a shocking outlet in his fiction. Be sure to check out the erotic death song, "Patriotism."

— From Keaton Recommends


Recognized throughout the world for his brilliance as a novelist and playwright, Yukio Mishima is also noted as a master of the short story in his native Japan, where the form is practiced as a major art.

Nine of Yukio Mishima’s finest stories were selected by Mishima himself for translation in this book; they represent his extraordinary ability to depict a wide variety of human beings in moments of significance. Often his characters are sophisticated modern Japanese who turn out to be not so liberated from the past as they had thought.

About the Author

Yukio Mishima (1925-1970) completed his first novel the year he entered the University of Tokyo and his last novel the day of his death. He is the author of numerous novels, stories, plays, and essays. Gore Vidal once said of him: “I only regret we never met, for friends found him a good companion, a fine drinking partner, and fun to cruise with.” Mishima committed suicide by ceremonial seppuku after a failed coup d’e´tat intended to restore pre-WWII power to the emperor of Japan.

Praise For…

In Death in Midsummer Yukio Mishima unfolds to English-language readers a range of his talents as he explores a variety of pathways into the complex Japanese personality. He can be funny, even hilarious, but he is also capable of plunging into the dark psychic depths achieved by Hitchcock.
— Robert Trumbull - The New York Times Book Review

When I read a writer such as Mishima I’m not only experiencing a narrative but also dueling with another darkness behind the words. A seemingly empty house haunted with invisible presences obtusely felt, and the tingle of awareness that someone else is in it, watching.
— Benjamin Hale - n+1

Genius...Yukio Mishima is one of the great writers of the 20th-century. An extraordinary mind.
— The Los Angeles Times
Product Details
ISBN: 9780811201179
ISBN-10: 0811201171
Publisher: New Directions
Publication Date:
Pages: 192
Language: English
Series: New Directions Paperbook