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Yukio Mishima

Japanese author

1925   -   1970

country of citizenship: Japan
native language: Japanese
educated at: University of Tokyo
occupation: translator, actor, novelist, film director, screenwriter, poet, essayist, playwright, lyricist, critic, model, film actor, writer, author, prosaist
award received: Shinchosha literature award

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Yukio Mishima (三島 由紀夫, Mishima Yukio) is the pen name of Kimitake Hiraoka (平岡 公威, Hiraoka Kimitake, January 14, 1925 – November 25, 1970), a Japanese author, poet, playwright, actor, model, film director, nationalist, and founder of the Tatenokai. Mishima is considered one of the most important Japanese authors of the 20th century. He was considered for the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1968, but the award went to his countryman Yasunari Kawabata. His works include the novels Confessions of a Mask and The Temple of the Golden Pavilion, and the autobiographical essay Sun and Steel. Mishima’s work is characterized by its luxurious vocabulary and decadent metaphors, its fusion of traditional Japanese and modern Western literary styles, and its obsessive assertions of the unity of beauty, eroticism and death.A fierce critic of Marxist ideologies, Mishima formed an unarmed civilian militia for the avowed purpose of defending the Japanese emperor in the event of a revolution by Japanese communists. On November 25, 1970, Mishima and four members of his militia entered a military base in central Tokyo, took the commandant hostage, and tried to persuade the soldiers at the base to join them in supporting the emperor and overturning Japan's pacifist Constitution. When this was unsuccessful, Mishima committed suicide by seppuku.
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works

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The Temple of the Golden Pavilion

novel by Yukio Mishima

author: Yukio Mishima
illustrator: Chūichi Konno

1956

Confessions of a Mask

novel by Yukio Mishima

author: Yukio Mishima
illustrator: Gen'ichirō Inokuma

1949

Death in Midsummer and other stories

boek van Yukio Mishima

author: Yukio Mishima
illustrator: Takeshi Hayashi

1953

The Sound of Waves

novel by Yukio Mishima

author: Yukio Mishima

1954

Forbidden Colors

novel by Yukio Mishima

author: Yukio Mishima
illustrator: Takeshi Hayashi

1953

After the Banquet

novel by Yukio Mishima

author: Yukio Mishima

1960

Kurotokage

1961 play written by Yukio Mishima

author: Yukio Mishima

1961

Madame de Sade

play written by Yukio Mishima

author: Yukio Mishima

Five Modern Noh Plays

1956 play written by Yukio Mishima

author: Yukio Mishima

1956

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