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The Decay of the Angel

Mishima, Yukio

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ISBN 10: 0436281597 / ISBN 13: 9780436281594
Published by Secker & Warburg, London, 1975
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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236 pages. First English edition, first printing. Originally published in 1974 by Alfred A. Knopf. Dust jacket art by Philip Mann. Translated from the Japanese by Edward G. Seidensticker. His last book. A retired judge adopts a teenaged orphan whom he believes to be a dead school friend's third successive reincarnation. Fine book with just a touch of browning to the pages in a fine dust jacket. Price clipped. A beautiful copy!. Bookseller Inventory # 457765670000084

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Title: The Decay of the Angel

Publisher: Secker & Warburg, London

Publication Date: 1975

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: 1st Edition

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The dramatic climax of The Sea of Fertility tetraology takes place in the late 1960s. Honda, now an aged and wealthy man, discovers and adopts a sixteen-year-old orphan, Toru, as his heir, identifying him with the tragic protagonists of the three previous novels, each of whom died at the age of twenty. Honda raises and educates the boy, yet watches him, waiting.

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climax of the SEA OF FERTILITY, bringing together the dominant themes of the three previous novels; the decay of Japan's courtly tradition and samurai ideal, and the essence and value of Buddhist philosophy.

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