>>7674442 Mishima is super good. I'd personally rate him higher than Kenzaburo, but they are quite different. I also recommend Jun'ichirō Tanizaki. It was relieving to find some Japanese authors other than Mishima that were worth reading. I got really sick of the endless 'oh you like Mishima have you read Norwegian Wood?'s.
>>7674473 No, so far only Some Prefer Nettles & his incredible essay on aesthetics In Praise of Shadows (which you should go and read NOWz). I'm buried in The Part About The Crimes 2666, but I'll add Seven Japanese Tales to the queue!
>>7674485 >Yasunari Kawabata Ah, yes I need to check him out. I've heard it claimed that his death was in part a contributing factor in Mishima's affiliating himself to the Right & ultimately his suicide, as Kawabata was one of the few author he respected. He'd acted as a mentor & restraining influence & with his death, Mishima was left prey to the Right who would only encourage his self destructive urges.
>>7674504 Ah, he's The Master of Go author! I have two unread copies of this lying around - I like Go & people keep buying it for me... Maybe I'll actually get around to reading it after I'm done with all the dead Mexican girls.
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