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  • Published: 1 July 2010
  • ISBN: 9781407053677
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 256

The Decay Of The Angel




The fourth and final book in Mishima's landmark tetralogy, The Sea of Fertility

As the dramatic climax of The Sea of Fertility, The Decay of the Angel brings together the dominant themes of the three previous novels: the meaning and decay of Japan's courtly tradition and samurai ideal; the essence and value of Buddhist philosophy and aesthetics; and, underlying all, Mishima's apocalyptic vision of the modern era, which saw the dissolution of the moral and cultural forces that throughout the ages nourished a people and a world.The time is the late 1960s. Honda, now an aged and wealthy man, discovers and adopts a sixteen-year-old orphan, Toru, as his heir, identifying him with the tragic protagonists of the three previous novels, each of whom died at the age of twenty. Honda raises and educates the boy, yet watches him, waiting.

  • Pub date: 1 July 2010
  • ISBN: 9781407053677
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 256

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Praise for The Decay Of The Angel

“A major literary creation”

New York Times

“This tetralogy is considered one of Yukio Mishima's greatest works. It could also be considered a catalogue of Mishima's obsessions with death, sexuality and the samurai ethic. Spanning much of the 20th century, the tetralogy begins in 1912 when Shigekuni Honda is a young man and ends in the 1960s with Honda old and unable to distinguish reality from illusion. En route, the books chronicle the changes in Japan that meant the devaluation of the samurai tradition and the waning of the aristocracy”

Washington Post

“One of the great writers of the twentieth century”

Los Angeles Times

“Japan's foremost man of letters”

Spectator

“Mishima's novels exude a monstrous and compulsive weirdness, and seem to take place in a kind of purgatory for the depraved”

Angela Carter


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