After the Banquet Author:Yukio Mishima, Donald Keene (Translator) After the Banquet dramatizes the classical conflict between puritan and hedonist against the background of Tokyo's sophisticated night life. — Kazu, one of the leading figures of the entertainment world, is a woman blazing with vitality. She is the middle-age proprietress of the Setsugoan Restaurant, a luxurious refuge for leading financiers, pol... more »iticians, and diplomats. If she is sure of anything, it is that she will never becloud her life and mind again by falling in love.
She is captivated, however, by the distinction and authority of a guest, Noguchi, a semi-retired ambassador, an aristocrat and intellectual, and once a cabinet minister.
Kazu and Noguchi are profoundly drawn to each other at first, and eventually marry. Only time and spiritual agony teach them how mismatched they are as deep conflict arises in their relationship.
First published in 1960 under the Japanese title "Utage no Ato", and translated into English by Donald Keene in 1963.
The first Tuttle edition is from 1967 and has been reprinted at least eight times. The ISBN for the 1983 edition is 4805301007.« less