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  • Published: 4 April 2019
  • ISBN: 9780241386705
  • Imprint: Penguin Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 176
  • RRP: $19.99

The Frolic of the Beasts




Translated into English for the first time, a gripping novel about a love affair gone wrong

Set in rural Japan shortly after World War II, The Frolic of the Beasts tells the story of a strange and utterly absorbing love triangle between a former university student, Koji; his would-be mentor, the eminent literary critic Ippei Kusakado; and Ippei's beautiful, enigmatic wife, Yuko. When brought face-to-face with one of Ippei's many marital indiscretions, Koji finds his growing desire for Yuko compels him to action in a way that changes all three of their lives profoundly. Originally published in 1961 and now available in English for the first time, The Frolic of the Beasts is a haunting examination of the various guises we assume throughout our lives, and a tale of psychological self-entrapment, seduction, and violence.

  • Published: 4 April 2019
  • ISBN: 9780241386705
  • Imprint: Penguin Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 176
  • RRP: $19.99

About the author

Yukio Mishima

Yukio Mishima was born in 1925 in Tokyo, and is considered one of the Japan's most important writers. His books broke social boundaries and taboos at a time when Japan found itself in a state of rapid social change. His interests, besides writing, included body-building, acting and practising as a Samurai. In 1970 he attempted to start a military coup, which failed. Upon realizing this, Mishima performed seppuku, a ritual suicide, upon himself. He was nominated for the Nobel Prize for Literature three times.

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Praise for The Frolic of the Beasts

Mishima was one of literature's great romantics, a tragedian with a heroic sensibility, an intellectual, an esthete, a man steeped in Western letters who toward the end of his life became a militant Japanese nationalist

New York Times

Mishima is the Japanese Hemingway

Life Magazine

A writer of immense energy and ability

Time Out

This morose little gem boasts its share of sensuous depravity

Wall Street Journal

A sexually and psychologically complex novel... in a honed translation by Andrew Clare

Damian Flanagan, TLS

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