New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1965. First American Edition. Hardcover. First English-language edition, translated by John Nathan. Crown 8vo (205 x 130mm): ,181,pp. Publisher's sea-green quarter-bound cloth over scarlet paper-covered boards, spine stamped in metallic green and gold, top edge stained green, fore-edge rough-trimmed, cream end papers; green dust jacket illustrated by Ellen Raskin, printed in blue, black, and red and priced $3.95. About Fine (top edge lightened), tightly bound (apparently unread) and clean throughout; about Fine jacket (tiny nick to bottom of front panel). Fine- / Fine-. Item #BB1802
Originally published in Japanese, as Gogo no eik , in 1963. Basis for the 1976 film starring Kris Kristofferson and Sarah Miles and directed by Lewis John Carlino, with the setting altered from Japan to England. An opera by Hans Werner Henze, Das verratene Meer, based on the novel, premiered in Berlin, in 1990. Mishima was one of the major Japanese writers of the twentieth century, and one of the most controversial figures in modern Japanese history. "Taking a stand against both the Marxist values of the intelligentsia and the capitalist-materialist values of the mainstream political establishment, he devoted himself to the 'impossible dream' of a full-scale revival of prewar Japanese militarism and emperor-worship, both of which, he argued, were essential ingredients of Japan’s culture, and the necessary condition of the nation’s 'spiritual health'." (Literary Encyclopedia) N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, with dust jackets carefully preserved in archival, removable polypropylene sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).