Mishima’s Sword by Christopher Ross

Travels in Search of a Samurai Legend

Mishima's Sword
Published: 2006

Yukio Mishima is one of the Japanese’s most sublime writers. He is sadly most remembered for cutting open his stomach and instructing assistants to behead him with his antique sword “Mishimi, who was fastidious with language, preferred the term hara-kiri over seppuku despite its perceived vulgarity.” Ross travels to Japan thirty years later to understand why this enthralling writer ended his life like this. The book is a fusion of many categories of non-fiction book, including a memoir and travel book. The book is steeped with the cultural context and is a riveting examination of the circumstances and politics surrounding this suicide in 1970.

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