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Yukio Mishima
I would like to tell you about Yukio Mishima. He’s my favourite writer. But his life was connected not only with literature. He was also a famous Japanese author, poet, playwright, actor, and film director.

Mishima was born in 1925 in the family of a government official. He was brought up by his grandmother, who took boy and separating him from his family for several years. She did not allow Mishima to have part in any kind of sport or to play with other boys. Mishima spent much of his time alone or with cousins and their dolls.

At the age of 12 Mishima began to write his first stories. He grows up a very impressible, clever child, but he has a problem with his health and often was ill In 1947 Mishima graduated from the University of Tokyo. He obtained a position as an official in the governments Finance Ministry and was set up for a promising career. After a short time he left his job with an eye to write.By this moment he was published some of his story – «The Forest in Full Bloom», «The Cigarette». Mishima wrote novels, short stories and literary essays, as well as highly acclaimed plays for the Kabuki Theater and modern versions of traditional Noh drama.


The novel «Confessions of the Mask» was extremely successful and Mishima was made a celebrity at the age of 24. His activities are not confined the literature and theater. Moreover he was also an actor and photo model, he became skilful at kendo, had progress in bodybuilders, travelled around the world and became a pilot, was a conductor of symphony orchestra.

In 1955 Mishima decided to make weight trainings and this style of life continued the rest of his final 15 years of his life. In his essay «Sun and Steel» (1968), Mishima deplored the emphasis given by intellectuals to the mind over the body. Besides, Mishima was interested in politics. In 1967 Mishima enlisted the Ground Self Defense Force and underwent basic training. However, the emperor was not actually the reigning Emperor, but rather the abstract essence of Japan, in Mishima's ideology, the emperor was not actually the reigning Emperor, but rather the abstract essence of Japan.

During last 10 years of his life, Mishima wrote several full length plays, acted in several movies and co-directed an adaptation of one of his stories. He also continued work on his final tetralogy «The Sea of Fertility», which appeared was monthly issued.

Mishima was recognized as one of the most important post-war stylists of the Japanese language. Mishima wrote 40 novels, 18 plays, 20 books of short stories, and at least 20 books of essays, one libretto. At the time of his death he had just completed the final book from his «The Sea of Fertility» tetralogy.

Mishima was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature three times. His writings made him an international celebrity in Europe and USA.

The most well-known novels of Yukio Mishima are tetralogy «The Sea of Fertility», «Confessions of the Mask», «The Temple of the Golden Pavilion» and «Longer for love». His works different from other by its unreserve, darkness and tragicness.

Mishima was extraordinary and eccentric person. He was a patriot of his country. There were lots of stories about his private life. Nevertheless, he still is one of the most famous and interesting of Japanese authors. There were made two films about his death, one of which was awarded in The Cannes International Film Festival.

To sum it up,I am impressed by Mishima’s pompous and rich life and his creative work and that he was expressing his own ideas through the Japanese people’s understanding of the beauty more deeply than we accustomed to understand.

Mishima had weak health and he was kind of "fragile” person, but he managed to make a complete opposite of himself. He convinced that to make something wonderful and to become wonderful is absolutely the same.
Category: ISSUE #7 | Added by: gretagolden73 (08-Dec-2012) | Author: Yuliya Kuzminova
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