"The arts predict the greatest vision of the end."
THE TEMPLE OF DAWN
By Yukio Mishima
First American edition of the third book in Mishima's SEA OF FERTILITY tetralogy, viewed by many as the culmination of his career and his final masterpiece.
THE TEMPLE OF DAWN
"Critics and readers coughed uneasily even while expressing awe at the author's genius." – Alan Friedman on the SEA OF FERTILITY tetralogy, 1974
This novel captures many of the contradictory traits of Mishima's work that make it so powerful: obsession and discipline, mysticism and modernism, love and reason. The story is built lovingly upon the setting of "the Japanese experience from the eve of the Second World War through the degradations of the postwar era." A nice copy.
Read more: Friedman, "The Decay of the Angel," in The New York Times, 12 May 1974.
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1973. 8.25'' x 5.5''. Original cream cloth, purple metallic-stamped vignette on front board, blue metallic-lettered spine. In original unclipped ($7.95) black dust jacket with red and yellow circular vignette designed by Joseph del Gaudio. Translated by E. Dale Saunders and Cecilia Segawa Seigle. , 334,  pages. Spot of discoloration on rear flap, rear endpaper excised; otherwise an exceptionally nice copy with absolutely no chipping to jacket and hardly any noticeable wear.
Near fine in about-fine jacket.
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