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Shinsuke is an ageing author whose books present women as creatures of marble perfection, but whose diary contains his true opinion - a disdainful and bilious loathing, engendered by three marriages and countless affairs. When he meets the Yuichi, he sees in the young boy's incredible beauty and his homosexuality the perfect tools with which to torment and punish the opposite sex. In this starkly fierce and original novel, Shinsuke callously delights in using Yuichi to trap a girl in a loveless marriage and to exact other revenges. But Yuichi soon becomes suffused with a sense of his own power and, no longer willing to be manipulated by anyone, runs dangerously out of control. This classic by the famed fetishistic and homosexual Japanese writer is exquisite in its prose, and seductive in its psychology.
Paperback, 432 Pages, This Edition Publ. 2008
Author: Yukio Mishima