• "[a] beautiful and austere tale… written in lush, languid prose, filled with beautiful sentences and turns of phrase, this is one of the most enjoyable books I have read this year"

    Reading Matters
  • "Romantic obsession and sexual intrigue meet in the sumptuous historical melodrama"

  • "An austere love story, probably my favourite of his novels"

    Independent on Sunday
  • "Mishima is the Japanese Hemingway"

    Life magazine
  • "This tetralogy is considered one of Yukio Mishima's greatest works. It could also be considered a catalogue of Mishima's obsessions with death, sexuality and the samurai ethic. Spanning much of the 20th century, the tetralogy begins in 1912 when Shigekuni Honda is a young man and ends in the 1960s with Honda old and unable to distinguish reality from illusion. En route, the books chronicle the changes in Japan that meant the devaluation of the samurai tradition and the waning of the aristocracy."

    Washington Post