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VINTAGE JAPANESE CLASSICS - five masterpieces of Japanese fiction in gorgeous new gift editions. A band of savage thirteen-year-old boys reject the adult world as illusory, hypocritical, and sentimental, and train themselves in a brutal callousness they call 'objectivity'. When the mother of one of them begins an affair with a ship's officer, he and his friends idealise the man at first; but it is not long before they conclude that he is in fact soft and romantic. They regard this disillusionment as an act of betrayal on his part - and the retribution is deliberate and horrifying.
'Life for sale. Use me as you wish. I am a twenty-seven-year-old male. Discretion guaranteed. Will cause no bother at all.' When Hanio Yamada realises the future holds little of worth to him, he puts his life for sale in a Tokyo newspaper, thus unleashing a series of unimaginable exploits. A world of murderous mobsters, hidden cameras, a vampire woman, poisoned carrots, code-breaking, a hopeless junkie heiress and makeshift explosives reveals itself to the unwitting hero. Is there nothing he can do to stop it? Resolving to follow the orders of his would-be purchasers, he comes to understand what life is worth, and whether we can indeed name our price.
The gripping story of an affair gone horribly wrong, from one of Japan's greatest twentieth-century writers Koji, a young student, has fallen hopelessly in love with the beautiful, enigmatic Yuko. But she is married to the literary critic and serial philanderer Ippei. Tormented by desire and anger, Koji is driven to an act of violence that will bind this strange, terrible love triangle together for the rest of their lives. A starkly compelling story of lust, guilt and punishment, The Frolic of the Beasts explores the masks we wear in life, and what happens when they slip. 'One of the greatest avant-garde Japanese writers of the twentieth century' New Yorker
A haunting novella of fame and disillusionment by a Japanese literary icon All eyes are upon Rikio. And he likes it, mostly. His fans cheer from a roped-off section, screaming and yelling to attract his attention. They would kill for a moment alone with him. Finally the director sets up the shot, the camera begins to roll, someone yells action ; Rikio, for a moment, transforms into another being, a hardened young yakuza, but as soon as the shot is finished, he slumps back into his own anxieties and obsessions. Written shortly after Yukio Mishima himself had acted in the film Afraid to Die, this novella is a rich and unflinching psychological portrait of a celebrity coming apart at the seams as the absurdity of his existence comes sharply into focus. With exquisite, vivid prose, Star begs the question: is there ever any escape from how we are seen by others?
YUkio Misima - samyj znamenityj i chitaemyj v mire yaponskij pisatel'. Proslavilsya on v ravnoj stepeni kak svoimi proizvedeniyami vo vsekh myslimyh zhanrah (romany, p'esy, rasskazy, ehsse), tak i ehkstravagantnym stilem zhizni i smerti (harakiri posle neudachnoj popytki monarhicheskogo perevorota). V nastoyashchee izdanie voshli dve p'esy - "e;Markiza de Sad"e; i "e;Moj drug Gitler"e;, ehsse "e;Solnce i stal'"e; i znamenitaya novella "e;Patriotizm"e;, kotoraya, po slovam Misimy, yavlyaetsya "e;rasskazom o podlinnom schast'e"e;. Vse proizvedeniya YUkio Misimy predstavleny v perevode izvestnogo pisatelya, yaponista, literaturoveda Grigoriya CHkhartishvili (Borisa Akunina).
A beautiful gift edition of Yukio Mishima's finest book, Confessions of a Mask, featuring a die-cut dust jacket over striking contemporary artwork. Confessions of a Mask tells the story of a Japanese boy's development towards a homosexual identity during and after the Second World War. In narrating his progress from an isolated childhood through adolescence to manhood, he exposes his inner life, full of repressed homosexual desires and preoccupations with sadomasochism and death. The enduring power of the novel is in part owing to its themes of fantasy, despair and alienation, its eloquent voice, but also its autobiographical nature - the equally enduring fascination with the life and character of one of Japan's most turbulent artists. As part of the Peter Owen Cased Classics series, this special hardback edition is bound with printed endpapers, head and tail bands and a ribbon marker. The elegant dust jacket features a die-cutting of a mask, while printed on the cover board is the work of British contemporary artist Fraser Taylor.
'There is in this world a kind of desire like stinging pain' A Japanese teenager is overcome with longing for his male classmate. He imagines his body punctured with arrows, like the body of St Sebastian in the painting that obsesses him. Over and over again, each night in his private fantasies, the objects of his lust are tortured, killed and maimed. But, in the rigid world of imperial wartime Japan there is no place for such transgressive desires. He must wear a false mask and hide his true nature, whatever the cost. 'A terrific and astringent work of beauty' The Times Literary Supplement 'Mishima is lucid in the midst of emotional confusion, funny in the midst of despair' Christopher Isherwood 'Never has a confession been freer from self-pity' Sunday Times
YUkio Misima - samyj znamenityj i chitaemyj v mire yaponskij pisatel'. Proslavilsya on v ravnoj stepeni kak svoimi proizvedeniyami vo vsekh myslimyh zhanrah (romany, p'esy, rasskazy, ehsse), tak i ehkstravagantnym stilem zhizni i smerti (harakiri posle neudachnoj popytki monarhicheskogo perevorota). "e;Moryak, kotorogo razlyubilo more vozmozhno, samyj strastnyj roman Misimy. V centre syuzheta sud'by trekh lyudej: muzhchiny, zhenshchiny, podrostka. Ih chuvstva, spletennye v edinyj klubok, kotoryj nevozmozhno rasputat', stremitel'nye sobytiya i vnezapnyj, nevoobrazimyj finalRoman bezuslovno pridetsya po dushe vsem poklonnikam velikogo yaponskogo mastera.
YUkio Misima - samyj znamenityj i chitaemyj v mire yaponskij pisatel'. Proslavilsya on v ravnoj stepeni kak svoimi proizvedeniyami vo vsekh myslimyh zhanrah (romany, p'esy, rasskazy, ehsse), tak i ehkstravagantnym stilem zhizni i smerti (harakiri posle neudachnoj popytki monarhicheskogo perevorota). "e;ZHazhda lyubvi odno iz rannih i naibolee znachitel'nyh proizvedenij YUkio Misimy, bylo vklyucheno YUnesko v kollekciyu shedevrov yaponskoj literatury. Dejstvie romana proiskhodit v poslevoennoe vremya v nebol'shoj derevushke nedaleko ot goroda Osaka. Glavnaya geroinya EHcuko, molodaya vdova, oderzhima tajnoj strast'yu k yunomu sadovniku...
Roman znamenitogo yaponskogo pisatelya YUkio Misimy (1925-1970) "e;Ispoved' maski"e;, proslavivshij dvadcatichetyrekhletnego avtora i prinesshij emu mirovuyu izvestnost', vo mnogom avtobiografichen. Klyuchevaya tema ehtogo znamenitogo proizvedeniya - tema smerti, v kotoroj geroj povestvovaniya vidit "e;podlinnuyu cel' zhizni"e;. Misima skrupulezno issleduet sobstvennoe dushevnoe ustrojstvo, dobirayas' do samoj suti svoego "e;ya Perevod s yaponskogo G. CHkhartishvili (B. Akunina).
Roman znamenitogo yaponskogo pisatelya YUkio Misimy "e;Zolotoj Hram - shedevr, zasluzhenno priznavaemyj samym chitaemym v mire proizvedeniem yaponskoj literatury. On osnovan na real'nom sobytii: v 1950 g. molodoj monah szheg znamenityj Zolotoj Hram v Kioto. Pod perom pisatelya ehta istoriya prevrashchaetsya v zahvatyvayushchuyu pritchu o velikoj i gubitel'noj sile krasoty. Perevod romana vypolnen Grigoriem CHkhartishvili (Borisom Akuninym).
After the early death of her philandering husband, Etsuko moves into her father-in-law's house, where she numbly submits to the old man's advances. But soon she finds herself in love with the young servant Saburo. Tormented by his indifference, yet invigorated by her desire, she makes her move, with catastrophic consequences.
Written when Mishima was only twentysix, Forbidden Colors is a depiction of a male homosexual relationship, in which a rich older man buys the love of a young man who is stunningly handsome but who lacks the ability to love. As in Mann's Death in Venice, the older man's longing for the beauty of youth is associated with aestheticism and death.
Detailing his progress from an isolated childhood through adolescence to manhood, including an abortive love affair with a classmate's sister, it reports the inner life of a boy's preoccupation with death. The novel's enduring themes of fantasy, despair and alienation have established Confessions of a Mask as one of the most important works of fiction to have emerged from Japan in the twentieth century.
Because of the boyhood trauma of seeing his mother make love to another man in the presence of his dying father, Mizoguchi becomes a hopeless stutterer. Taunted by his schoolmates, he feels utterly alone untill he becomes an acolyte at a famous temple in Kyoto, where he develops an all-consuming obsession with the temple's beauty. This powerful story of dedication and sacrifice brings together Mishima's preoccupations with violence, desire, religion and national history to dazzling effect.