The Temple of the Golden Pavilion Author:Yukio Mishima After seeing his mother make love to another man in the presence of his dying father, Mizoguchi becomes a hopeless stutterer. Cast out by everyone around him, he feels utterly alone until he decides to enter a famous temple in Kyoto, where he hopes to become part of the community. Yet his old doubts return to haunt him. He becomes obsessed by th... more »e beauty of the temple, but cannot live in peace with it. His dream of beauty merges with his intense feelings of alienation, and in a stirring climax, he attempts to destroy his obsession by destroying the temple. Considered one of Mishima's finest novels, The Temple of the Golden Pavilion is a universal portrait of the dark recesses of the human soul.
The Temple of the Golden Pavilion is the fourth book to be published in America by Yukio Mishima. the most famous, gifted, and prolific young Japanese writer today. Under the title Kinkakuji, The Temple of the Golden Pavilion won an important literary prize in Japan, sold over 300,000 copies, and was made into a successful modern play. This edition has been translated by Ivan Morris, one of the skillful young translators who are, since the war, beginning to make a place for themselves in the niche sol long occupied alone by the redoubtable Arthur Waley.
"One of the most interesting novels of the decade." - The New Yorker
"An impressive and beautiful book." - Commonweal
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