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Long recognized as a core book in any study of Japanese culture and literature, The Nobility of Failure examines the lives and deaths of nine historical individuals who faced overwhelming odds, and, realizing they were doomed, accepted their fate--to be killed in battle or by execution, to wither in exile, or to escape through ritual suicide. Morris then turns his attention to the kamikaze pilots of World War II, who gave their lives in defense of their nation in the full realization that their deaths would have little effect on the course of the war. Through detail, crystal-clear prose and unmatched narrative sweep and brilliance, Professor Morris takes you into the innermost hearts of the Japanese people.
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Ivan Ira Esme Morris (b. 1925 d. 1976) was a British author, translator, editor, and teacher in the field of Japanese Studies.
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Book Description Penguin, 1980. Paperback. Condition: Good. A sharp edged paper back book with some light shelf wear, no dents or chips. Text is unmarked and untorn.Cover edges have consistent yet light shelf wear. Front top-right corner and back bottom left corners are bent, leaving creases near the corner. Light shelf wear on spine edges.The binding is still strong, and well adhered to text block and cover.Text pages are clean and unmarked. Front endpaper has former price written in pencil. Page edges are unmarked and without dents. Seller Inventory # 180907001
Book Description Paperback. Condition: Good. The book has been read but remains in clean condition. All pages are intact and the cover is intact. Some minor wear to the spine. Seller Inventory # GOR002636139
Book Description Penguin Books Ltd, United Kingdom, 1980. Soft cover. Condition: Very Good. Seller Inventory # 066411