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Yukio Mishima's severed head, November 1970

In many ways, this is a repellent book, wallowing in narcissism to an almost sociopathic degree, but as always with Yukio Mishima, there is more going on below the surface. Like Vladimir Nabokov with “Lolita” or Oscar Wilde with “Dorian Gray,” Mishima gambled appeasing his readership against the demands of his art and won.

Otra muestra del descontento social y la frustración que sufría Yukio Mishima, junto con su idea de muerte y martirio, es su fotografía como San Sebastián, Yukio Mishima como San Sebastián.

Yukio Mishima and kitten, almost famous cats

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Yukio Mishima’s seppuru. Photo: Tamotsu Yatō

uman life is limited but I would like to live forever." So Yukio Mishima wrote on the morning of 25 November 1970. By noon, he was dead: eviscerated and decapitated, by his own choice if not entirely his own hand. Flanked by young adherents, he had penetrated the Tokyo headquarters of Japan's Eastern Army, made a wild and whirling speech exhorting the troops to impose martial law in the emperor's name, and then performed ritual seppuku. Mishima was Japan's most famous writer, but henceforth nothing would define his life quite so much as the leaving of it.

World-renowned Japanese writer Yukio Mishima commits suicide after failing to win public support for his often extreme political beliefs.Born in 1925, Mishima was obsessed with what he saw as the spiritual barrenness of modern life. He preferred prewar Japan, with its austere patriotism and traditional values, to the materialistic, westernized nation that arose after 1945. In this spirit, he founded the “Shield Society,” a controversial private army made up of about 100 students that was to defend the emperor in the event of a leftist uprising.On November 25, Mishima delivered to his publisher the last installment of his four-volume epic on Japanese life in the 20th century that is regarded as his greatest work. He then went with several followers to a military building in Tokyo and seized control of a general’s office. There, from a balcony, he gave a brief speech to about 1,000 assembled servicemen, in which he urged them to overthrow Japan’s constitution, which forbids Japanese rearmament. The soldiers were unsympathetic, and Mishima committed or ritual suicide, by disemboweling himself with his sword. Though his extreme beliefs did not gain him much of a following, many mourned the loss of such a gifted author.