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November 25, 2012

Yukio Mishima’s Seppuku Aesthetics

Yukio Mishima (1925 – 1970)

On this day in 1970 Yukio Mishima committed seppuku (ritual suicide, also known as hara-kiri). Mishima was a three-time Nobel nominee, and his dozen novels made him the most famous and translated Japanese writer of his generation. His spectacularly staged death was front-page news around the world, and it is still being analyzed for what it says about him, or his fiction, or Japan.

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