"Je propose une vie à vendre. À utiliser à votre guise. Homme, 27 ans. Confidentialité garantie. Aucune complication à craindre."
Lorsque Hanio Yamada rate son suicide, il décide de mettre sa vie en vente au plus offrant dans un journal local de Tôkyô. Le premier acheteur ne se fait pas attendre et entraîne ce héros involontaire dans une course folle au coeur d'un monde de gangsters sanguinaires, d'espions et de contre-espions, de potions hallucinatoires, de femme-vampire, de carottes empoisonnées, de junkie désespérée et d'explosif artisanal. Alors que les cadavres se multiplient autour de Hanio, celui-ci demeure miraculeusement vivant et se demande comment enrayer cette machine infernale. La vie aurait-elle finalement une valeur à ses yeux, et serait-il enfin prêt à en payer le prix ?
Dans cette parodie jubilatoire de roman policier, Yukio Mishima subvertit également les codes de l'espionnage et dévoile une facette méconnue de sa personnalité d'écrivain. "Roman d'aventures psychédélique" et méditation cynique et saisissante sur la mort et la morale, Vie à vendre révèle la maîtrise exceptionnelle d'une écriture capable de faire accepter toutes les invraisemblances.
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Texte intégral révisé suivi d'une biographie de Yukio Mishima. Dans cet essai introspectif mêlant souffrance, esthétisme et mort, l'auteur de Confession d'un masque nous livre une sorte de testament spirituel, racontant les étapes de son développement personnel, de sa formation d'écrivain à son engagement nationaliste au service du Japon. Prenant tardivement conscience de son corps en s'exposant au soleil, il s'astreint à un entrainement intense de culture physique - musculation, course à pied, kendo (escrime au sabre pratiquée autrefois au Japon par les samouraïs), ... - "l'acier" du titre - seul moyen pour lui d'échapper au "pouvoir corrosif des mots" en redonnant vie à l'esprit. L'écrivain relate également son expérience quasi kamikaze de vol à haute altitude à bord d'un avion supersonique. Il sait qu'au bout de cette préparation la mort l'attend. Le soleil et l'acier, clé indispensable pour comprendre la vie et l'oeuvre de Mishima, sera publié deux ans à peine avant son seppuku, spectaculaire suicide réalisé en s'ouvrant le ventre avec un sabre, selon la tradition des guerriers japonais.
For years Kazu has run her fashionable restaurant with a combination of charm and shrewdness. But when the she falls in love with one of her clients, an aristocratic retired politician, she renounces her business in order to become his wife. But it is not so easy to renounce her independent spirit, and eventually Kazu must choose between her marriage and the demands of her irrepressible vitality. After the Banquet is a magnificent portrait of political and domestic warfare.
Because of the boyhood trauma of seeing his mother make love to another man in the presence of his dying father, Mizoguchi becomes a hopeless stutterer. Taunted by his schoolmates, he feels utterly alone untill he becomes an acolyte at a famous temple in Kyoto, where he develops an all-consuming obsession with the temple's beauty. This powerful story of dedication and sacrifice brings together Mishima's preoccupations with violence, desire, religion and national history to dazzling effect.
After the early death of her philandering husband, Etsuko moves into her father-in-law's house, where she numbly submits to the old man's advances. But soon she finds herself in love with the young servant Saburo. Tormented by his indifference, yet invigorated by her desire, she makes her move, with catastrophic consequences.
A band of savage thirteen-year-old boys reject the adult world as illusory, hypocritical, and sentimental, and train themselves in a brutal callousness they call 'objectivity'. When the mother of one of them begins an affair with a ship's officer, he and his friends idealise the man at first; but it is not long before they conclude that he is in fact soft and romantic. They regard this disallusionment as an act of betrayal on his part - and the retribution is deliberate and horrifying.
Isao is a young, engaging patriot, and a fanatical believer in the ancient samurai ethos. He turns terrorist, organising a violent plot against the new industrialists, who he believes are threatening the integrity of Japan and usurping the Emperor's rightful power. As the conspiracy unfolds and unravels, Mishima brilliantly chronicles the conflicts of a decade that saw the fabric of Japanese life torn apart.
Honda, a brilliant lawyer and man of reason, is called to Bangkok on legal business, where he is granted an audience with a young Thai princess - an encounter that radically alters the course of his life. He is convinced she is a reincarnated spirit, and undertakes a long, arduous pilgrimage to the holy places of India, where, in the climatic scene, he encounters her once more, only to have his newfound beliefs shattered and his life bereft of all meaning.
The dramatic climax of The Sea of Fertility tetraology takes place in the late 1960s. Honda, now an aged and wealthy man, discovers and adopts a sixteen-year-old orphan, Toru, as his heir, identifying him with the tragic protagonists of the three previous novels, each of whom died at the age of twenty. Honda raises and educates the boy, yet watches him, waiting.
Set in a remote fishing village in Japan, The Sound of Waves is a timeless story of first love. It tells of Shinji, a young fisherman and Hatsue, the beautiful daughter of the wealthiest man in the village. Shinji is entranced at the sight of Hatsue in the twilight on the beach and they fall in love. When the villagers' gossip threatens to divide them, Shinki must risk his life to prove his worth.
Tokyo, 1912. The closed world of the ancient aristocracy is being breached for the first time by outsiders - rich provincial families, a new and powerful political and social elite.Kiyoaki has been raised among the elegant Ayakura family - members of the waning aristocracy - but he is not one of them. Coming of age, he is caught up in the tensions between old and new, and his feelings for the exquisite, spirited Satoko, observed from the sidelines by his devoted friend Honda. When Satoko is engaged to a royal prince, Kiyoaki realises the magnitude of his passion.
The first novel of Mishima's landmark tetralogy, The Sea of fertility
Spring Snow is set in Tokyo in 1912, when the hermetic world of the ancient aristocracy is being breached for the first time by outsiders -- rich provincial families unburdened by tradition, whose money and vitality make them formidable contenders for social and political power.
Among this rising new elite are the ambitious Matsugae, whose son has been raised in a family of the waning aristocracy, the elegant and attenuated Ayakura. Coming of age, he is caught up in the tensions between old and new -- fiercely loving and hating the exquisite, spirited Ayakura Satoko. He suffers in psychic paralysis until the shock of her engagement to a royal prince shows him the magnitude of his passion, and leads to a love affair that is as doomed as it was inevitable.
The dramatic climax of the SEA OF FERTILITY, bringing together the dominant themes of the three previous novels; the decay of Japan's courtly tradition and samurai ideal, and the essence and value of Buddhist philosophy.
Set in a remote fishing village in Japan, The Sound of Waves is a timeless story of first love. A young fisherman is entranced at the sight of the beautiful daughter of the wealthiest man in the village. They fall in love, but must then endure the calumny and gossip of the villagers.
The chronicle of a conspiracy and a novel about the roots and nature of Japanese fanaticism in the years that led to war--an era marked by depression, social change and political violence.