confessions of a mask
(forbidden colours / death in midsommer / whatever else from him, optional)
sea of fertility
Why confessions of a mask first?
His proper debut, his first major work and his first work that was translated. It's the typical confessional, mostly autobiographical and he deals with his early observations about the world and himself. I consider it the basis of his work, the notes to keep in mind when reading the rest. Been years since I read it though so I'm hesitant to claim it to be present in some form or another in all his other works but that may easily be the case.
OK, thx m8!
he wants you to read it so it can color the rest of his oeuvre; he wants you to think he's a homo.
this but swap confessions for Sound of Waves if you're not into homo sadism.
There isn't a reading order. You could literarlly start with The Sailor or Spring Snow or Golden Pavilion or After the Banquet.
Try to read Sun and Steel at the beginning too.
I started with the golden temple, then read the sailor, and now I am reading the sea of fertility.
The order is: GO READ MISHIMA!
That is all.
i once read this book and it's the only one from mishima.
where do you rate this ?
sailor or confessions first is a safe bet, sound of waves is great but its a major outlier.
Also theres no reason to put off reading the sea of fertility, its more like four thematically connected standalones. If you "get" mishima reading spring snow and runaway horses early on is advisable, and if you dont get him theres no way youll read more than a couple of his books anyway.
one of the least representative novels he has in translation, but its fun
>sound of waves is great but its a major outlier.
In what way?
His only "normal" major work, classic underdog story in a rustique setting with some greek influence. It even has a happy ending, arguably his only one.
Doesn't even include After the Banquet, which some people named as one of his best novels.
this chart is pretty but i don't understand the reasoning. i would put confessions first like
said and then go to patriotism. patriotism is some of his best writing and its so short you can read it in one sitting. it really tells you what mishima is "about", too. after that i think you can read whatever whenever.
Whatever book you want to read. Reading order is retarded and only autists burn through an entire writer’s oeuvre in succession.
All these retarded noread replies. Reading Mishima'a whole catalog is not a huge task even.
Retard. Mishima wrote 34 novels, 50 plays, 25 books of short stories, and at least 35 books of essays.
I had read all of his translated works (only read some of the essays) by age 23. Think about that. And this was bedtime reading.
No matter what, don't start with Sun and Steel.
The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea
Temple of the Golden Pavilion
Sound of Waves
Confessions of a Mask
Sun and Steel
If I was to introduce him to anyone to him I'd give them The Sound of Waves but it doesn't matter too much beyond reading the tetraology in order.
>Mishima reading order?
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