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Mishima's Sword: Travels in Search of a Samurai Legend
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0306815680, Paperback)
On November 25, 1970, the world renowned Japanese writer Yukio Mishima committed seppuku with 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 postwar constitution; the epitaph of a mad genius. Part travelogue, part biography, and part philosophical treatise, Mishima’s Sword is the story of Christopher Ross’s journey to find a sword and maybe an understanding of Mishima’s country. The cold trail the author follows inspires a tale of the most engaging-and occasionally bizarre-sort, with glimpses of the real Japan that is not seen by tourists, with digressions on, among other things, bushido and socks, mutineers and Noh ghosts, nosebleeds and metallurgy-and even how to dress for suicide.
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Like his best-selling 'Tunnel Visions', Christopher Ross blends travel writing, meditation and philosophical enquiry to create a mesmeric account of modern Japan, and the peculiar death that haunts it to this day.
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