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Yukio Mishima was born in 1925 in Tokyo, and is considered one of the Japan's most important writers. His books broke social boundaries and taboos at a time when Japan found itself in a state of rapid social change. His interests, besides writing, included body-building, acting and practising as a Samurai. In 1970 he attempted to start a military coup, which failed. Upon realizing this, Mishima performed seppuku, a ritual suicide, upon himself. He was nominated for the Nobel Prize for Literature three times.


Ordinary people harbour the grandest (and most terrible) thoughts in a cosmological fable as disconcerting as it is funny: behind the simplest actions lie visions of worlds in collision -- Simon Ings * The Times *
The Oscar Wilde of Japan ... one of Japan's great novelists ... his subtlety, warmth and wit shine through * Telegraph *
A mixture of humour, high literary seriousness and flying saucers ... remarkable -- Sam Leith * Spectator *
Mishima is the Japanese Hemingway * Life Magazine *
A writer of immense energy and ability * Time Out *
One of the greatest avant-garde Japanese writers of the twentieth century * New Yorker *
The wunderkind of the Japanese literary world ... an extraordinary literary talent * The Times Literary Supplement *
Among Japan's most celebrated post-war authors * Little White Lies *
Interplanetary, quite extraordinary ... a fusion of sci-fi and social satire with great pathos, awash with dark humour and scenes of intense beauty ... Mishima blends the sublime and ridiculous in provocative and surprising ways ... a fresh and limpid translation -- Bryan Karetnyk * Financial Times *
Moves from vividly described scenes of ordinary human life and the beauties of the natural world to arguments about human nature and whether peace is possible this side of death -- Lisa Tuttle * Guardian Best Recent Science Fiction *
Its humour may be the book's most brilliant trait ... intense and earnest, the novel contains plenty of Mishima's spectacular writing ... an impressive accomplishment by Dodd in conveying a sense of import, sophistication and mastery of prose -- Eric Margolis * Japan Times *
A delightfully strange, absorbing work. Full of humour and insight. Highly recommended -- Irenosen Okojie
Strikingly different... Stephen Dodd's translation captures Mishima's dark humour, succinct style and dry wit -- Vanora Bennett * TLS *
A marvellously strange tragicomedy of manners, written with such sympathetic insight into the struggles of humans to understand and endure reality * Morning Star *

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