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Mishima's Sword: Travels in Search of a Samurai Legend By Christopher Ross

Mishima's Sword: Travels in Search of a Samurai Legend
by Christopher Ross

The stunning new book from Christopher Ross, Sunday Times top 10 bestselling author of 'Tunnel Visions'.

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The stunning new book from Christopher Ross, Sunday Times top 10 bestselling author of 'Tunnel Visions'. On 25 November 1970, after a failed coup d'etat, Japanese writer Yukio Mishima plunged a knife into his tightly muscled belly, and was decapitated using his own antique sword. Mishima's spectacular suicide has been called many things: a hankering for heroism; a beautiful, perverse drama; a political protest against Japan's emasculated post-War constitution; the last act in a theatre of death; the epitaph of a mad genius. But which, if any, is correct? And what happened to Mishima's sword? Thirty years later Christopher Ross sets off for Tokyo on a journey into the heart of the Mishima Incident. While searching for Mishima's sword and reassessing the life and anachronistic death of this uniquely complex man, he encounters those who knew Mishima, craftsmen and critics, soldiers and swordsmen, boyfriends and biographers -- even the man who taught him hara-kiri. The cold trail he follows inspires digressions on, amongst other things, bushido and socks, mutineers and Noh ghosts, nosebleeds and metallurgy -- and how to dress for suicide. Like his best-selling 'Tunnel Visions', Christopher Ross has written another unclassifiable blend of travel writing, autobiography and philosophical quest, an insider's mesmeric account of modern Japan and a death that still haunts the nation.

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GOR002135185
Mishima's Sword: Travels in Search of a Samurai Legend
Christopher Ross
Well Read
Hardback
HarperCollins Publishers
2006-03-06
272
0007135084
9780007135080
N/A
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