I consider myself a Mishima enthusiast, perhaps a Mishima nerd, but I am by no means a proper scholar of Mishima–I do not read Japanese and I’ve never visited Japan. That said, I do find Mishima an extremely compelling subject, especially the last 10 years or so of his life. I have enjoyed several of his books, but I am most interested in Mishima the man. A man who transformed himself, who followed his own aesthetics and ideals to their natural final conclusion. Americans tend to think of suicide in terms of retreat, but Mishima’s suicide was quite the opposite. It was bold and brave. How many readers could truly say they would cut their own stomachs open to make a point?
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