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Acts of Worship

(1990)
Seven Stories
A collection of stories by

 
 
When Mishima committed ritual suicide in November 1970, he was only forty-five. He had written over thirty novels, eighteen plays, and twenty volumes of short stories. During his lifetime, he was nominated for the Nobel Prize three times and had seen almost all of his major novels appear in English. While the flamboyance of his life and the apparent fanaticism of his death have dominated the public's perception of his achievement, Japanese and Western critics alike are in agreement that his literary gifts were prodigious.

Mishima is arguably at his best in the shorter forms, and it is the flower of these that appears here for the first time in English. Each story has its own distinctive atmosphere and each is brilliantly organized, yielding deeper layers of meaning with repeated readings. The psychological observation, particularly in what it reveals of the turmoil of adolescence, is meticulous.

The style, with its skillful blending of colors and surfaces, shows Mishima in top form, and no further proof is needed to remind us that he was a consummate writer whose work is an irreplaceable part of world literature.

Genre: Literary Fiction

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October 1989 : USA Hardback
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Title: Acts of Worship: Seven Stories
Author(s): Yukio Mishima
ISBN: 0-87011-937-0 / 978-0-87011-937-8 (USA edition)
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June 1991 : UK Hardback

Title: Acts of Worship: Seven Stories
Author(s): Yukio Mishima
ISBN: 0-00-223729-6 / 978-0-00-223729-1 (UK edition)
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September 2002 : Paperback
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Title: Acts Of Worship: Seven Stories
Author(s): Yukio Mishima
ISBN: 4770028938 / 978-4770028938
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1972 : USA Paperback
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Title: Acts of Worship: Seven Stories (Japan's Modern Writers)
Author(s): Yukio Mishima
ISBN: 0-87011-824-2 / 978-0-87011-824-1 (USA edition)
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February 1995 : Paperback
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Title: Acts of Worship
Author(s): Yukio Mishima
ISBN: 9994960326 / 978-9994960323
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June 1991 : UK Paperback
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Title: Acts of Worship: Seven Stories (Flamingo)
Author(s): Yukio Mishima
ISBN: 0-00-654449-5 / 978-0-00-654449-4 (UK edition)
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1990 : Paperback
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ISBN: 4770015070 / 978-4770015075
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