The Frolic of the Beasts

Author: Yukio Mishima

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0241387396

Category: Fiction

Page: 160

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The gripping story of an affair gone horribly wrong, from one of Japan's greatest twentieth-century writers Koji, a young student, has fallen hopelessly in love with the beautiful, enigmatic Yuko. But she is married to the literary critic and serial philanderer Ippei. Tormented by desire and anger, Koji is driven to an act of violence that will bind this strange, terrible love triangle together for the rest of their lives. A starkly compelling story of lust, guilt and punishment, The Frolic of the Beasts explores the masks we wear in life, and what happens when they slip. 'One of the greatest avant-garde Japanese writers of the twentieth century' New Yorker
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Star

Author: Yukio Mishima

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0241383692

Category: Fiction

Page: 96

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A haunting novella of fame and disillusionment by a Japanese literary icon All eyes are upon Rikio. And he likes it, mostly. His fans cheer from a roped-off section, screaming and yelling to attract his attention. They would kill for a moment alone with him. Finally the director sets up the shot, the camera begins to roll, someone yells "action"; Rikio, for a moment, transforms into another being, a hardened young yakuza, but as soon as the shot is finished, he slumps back into his own anxieties and obsessions. Written shortly after Yukio Mishima himself had acted in the film Afraid to Die, this novella is a rich and unflinching psychological portrait of a celebrity coming apart at the seams as the absurdity of his existence comes sharply into focus. With exquisite, vivid prose, Star begs the question: is there ever any escape from how we are seen by others?
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Michelin Green Guide Japan

Author: Michelin

Publisher: Michelin Travel & Lifestyle

ISBN: 2067182269

Category: Travel

Page: 536

View: 3910

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This eBook version of the Green Guide Japan by Michelin captures the spirit of the country, from the Okinawa archipelago’s sandy beaches to Honshu’s forested slopes. This fully revised and expanded Green Guide Japan presents a country famous for its rich heritage, plentiful hot springs, state-of-art railway network and complex, delicious cuisine. Delight in Kyoto’s shrines and temples, explore Nara’s UNESCO World Heritage sites, and shop in Tokyo’s eclectic boutiques. Discover historic pagodas, futuristic skyscrapers, peaceful villages and a varied flora and fauna. Wherever you go, Michelin's celebrated star-rating system makes sure you see the best Japan has to offer.
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Outlooks

Lesbian and Gay Sexualities and Visual Cultures

Author: Peter Horne,Reina Lewis

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134803087

Category: Art

Page: 208

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Outlook explores the relationship of lesbian and gay sexualities to visual representation. It reflects the richness of lesbian and gay ways of producing and reading visual cultures, at the same time as it tackles such burning issues as the advantage of adopting a queer perspective on past art, the responses of lesbian and gay artists to the AIDS crisis, and society's attempts to censor homosexual art. This volume provides a space for lesbian and gay artists to exhibit their work and discuss its relationship to sexuality. It allows for a wide ranging theoretical and historical discussion of the place of lesbian and gay men within visual cultures and shows how much has been missed by a heterosexist approach to art history and the study of culture. Richly illustrated, this book includes statements by contemporary lesbian and gay artists, photographers and performers as well as articles by art historians, cultural theorists and lesbians and gay activists.
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