The Temple Of The Golden Pavilion by Yukio Mishima

Entering Mishima’s world.

The Temple of the Golden Pavilion by Yukio Mishima 1959. Japanese novelist Mishima masterfully tells the story of a young acolytes all consuming obsession with the beauty of Kyoto’s Golden Temple and his destructive quest to possess it.

Following Mizoguchi, an ostracized stutterer and his childhood fascination of the Golden Temple becoming the sole subject of his desire. The story traces Mizoguchi’s inquiry into what beauty is and in what ways can it be touched.

This powerful story of dedication and sacrifice explores Mishima’s themes of violence, desire, religion and national history.

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