The gripping story of an affair gone horribly wrong, from one of Japan's greatest twentieth-century writers
Koji, a young student, has fallen hopelessly in love with the beautiful, enigmatic Yuko. But she is married to the literary critic and serial philanderer Ippei. Tormented by desire and anger, Koji is driven to an act of violence that will bind this strange, terrible love triangle together for the rest of their lives. A starkly compelling story of lust, guilt and punishment, The Frolic of the Beasts explores the masks we wear in life, and what happens when they slip.
'One of the greatest avant-garde Japanese writers of the twentieth century' New Yorker
Mishima's novels exude a monstrous and compulsive weirdness, and seem to take place in a kind of purgatory for the depraved
Mishima was one of literature's great romantics, a tragedian with a heroic sensibility, an intellectual, an esthete, a man steeped in Western letters who toward the end of his life became a militant Japanese nationalist
Mishima is the Japanese Hemingway
A writer of immense energy and ability
The 2019 Rugby World Cup and the Japan 2020 Olympics are drawing an international spotlight on Japan and, to celebrate, VINTAGE have issued special editions of five masterpieces that span a century and offer a perfect entry point for contemporary Japanese fiction.