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BA-RA-KEI: ORDEAL BY ROSES

Eikoh Hosoe

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ISBN 10: 0893811696 / ISBN 13: 9780893811693
Published by Aperture, US, 1985
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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End papers have a few small marks. Pages with text and photos are all clean and unmarked. Light wear to cloth at spine ends and corners. Binding is square and tight. Boards are overall clean, though purple cloth is lightly rubbed, and color has faded along edges. Text block is faintly foxed. Dust jacket has creases, chips, closed tears, scuffing, and rubbing at spine ends and corners. Covers are overall clean, though edges have light soiling. Edges along spine are rubbed. Dust jacket is clipped on interior fold. Dust jacket is in a protective mylar cover. PICTURES PROVIDED UPON REQUEST. Bookseller Inventory # 16668

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Title: BA-RA-KEI: ORDEAL BY ROSES

Publisher: Aperture, US

Publication Date: 1985

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

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Ba-ra-kei: Ordeal by Roses is a rare glimpse into the life of the great modern Japanese writer, Yukio Mishima, who ended his life in 1970 by ritual suicide. Many in Japan regarded the suicide as a sensational act. However, the publication of Mishima's final cycle of novels, which had been conceived eight years prior to his death, revealed that his death was carefully considered--a gesture of historical import in perfect accord with the morbid and esoteric aesthetic that pervades his writing. In 1961 Mishima asked Eikoh Hosoe to photograph him, giving him full artistic direction in making these surreal and alluring photographs. The props that surround the writer and the baroque interior of his home are antithetical to the pure Japanese sensibility of understatement and reveal Mishima's dark, theatrical imagination.

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Eikoh Hosoe was born in Japan in 1933. His books Man and Woman and Embrace radically changed the possibilities of nude photography. Hosoe is currently professor at the Tokyo Institute of Polytechnics.

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