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Patriotism by Yukio Mishima
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Patriotism (original 1966; edition 1995)

by Yukio Mishima

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Title:Patriotism
Authors:Yukio Mishima
Info:New Directions Publishing Corporation (1995), Paperback
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Patriotism by Yukio Mishima (1966)

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An intense and violent and astonishing story. Pure Mishima. ( )
  HadriantheBlind | Mar 30, 2013 |
This is a Japanese novella. It starts:

On the twenty-eighth of February, 1936 (on the third day, that is, of the February 26 Incident), Lieutenant Shinji Takeyama of the Konoe Transport Battalion -- profoundly disturbed by the knowledge that his closest friends had been with the mutineers from the beginning, and indignant at the imminent prospect of Imperial troops attacking Imperial troops -- took his officer's sword and ceremonially disemboweled himself in the eight-mat room of his private residence in the sixth block of Aobo-cho, in Yotsuya Ward. His wife, Reiko, followed him, stabbing herself to death.

It's about the lead-up to their deaths, especially the last few hours. Very good. ( )
  annesadleir | Jan 14, 2011 |
The booklet "Yukio Mishima's Patriotism", was published in 2008, as a supplement to the DVD reissue of Mishima's 1965 film: Patriotism. It includes an introductory essay by London-based film critic Tony Raynes; an account (On Patriotism), written by Mishima in 1966 about the making of the film; and an English translation (by Geoffrey Sargent) of the original short story.

Following Mishima's Seppuku on 25 November 1970, Yoko, Mishima's widow, had all commercial copies of the original film destroyed. This DVD was made from a 1966 restoration of the original 35 MM negative, copyrighted by Mishima's son Hiraoka Iichiro. The original sound track featured only a scratchy, 78 RPM recording of the Leibestod, from Wagner's Tristan und Isolde, a recording deliberately chosen by Mishima from his personal collection, as the recording was made in 1936, the year of the incident upon which the short story, Patriotism, was based.

Also included in the DVD is a 49 minute audio recording of Yukio Mishima at the Foreign Correspondent's Club of Japan,a 50-minute Making-of-Documentary, featuring the crew from the film's production, and interview excerpts featuring Mishima discussing death and WWII.

The several items gathered here is a small but sumptuous collection of material relating to the film, which was written, produced, and directed by Mishima.
  Rood | Feb 7, 2010 |
This novella takes place during the Feburary 26 Incident, an attempted coup d’état that took place in Tokyo in 1936 in which the Imperial Way, an ultranationalist faction of the Imperial Army, attempted to take over control of the entire army. A young lieutenant in the Imperial Army, who is devoted to the emperor and to his beautiful new bride, leaves home on the morning of February 26 after hearing a bugle call. He returns two days later, after many of his friends, who are members of the Imperial Way, are killed in the coup attempt. He is given the night off, but is ordered to return to duty the following day, and to assume command of a unit that will be ordered to attack the surviving members of the Imperial Way. This he cannot do, and he decides to commit seppuku, as a protest against these orders and in support of the Emperor. His wife, who is loyal to her husband and to the Emperor, agrees to also take her life. The last half of the novella describes their last act of lovemaking, and their ritual suicides, and the scenes are painted as heroic and full of joy and passion, despite the agonizing pain that the lieutenant experiences during seppuku. ( )
1 vote kidzdoc | Jan 15, 2009 |
This short story is something rich and strange. Almost half is a detailed description, gesture by gesture, of a 'patriotic' ritual suicide. But that this suicide includes not only a young lieutenant, but his wife as well, give Mishima room for ecstasy as well as agony.

Still, it's hard to read this without thinking about Mishima's own act of seppuku five years later. ( )
1 vote grunin | Jul 6, 2006 |
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A lieutenant in the Japanese army comes home to his wife and informs her that his closest friends have become mutineers. He and his beautiful loyal wife decide to end their lives together. In unwavering detail Mishima describes Shinji and Reiko making love for the last time and the couple's seppuku that follows.… (more)

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