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.
"Kazu is the biggest and most profound thing Mishima has done so far in an already distinguished career"
"His most novelistic work, with a degree of earthiness and warmth rare in his fiction"
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