IN THE REVIEW

Writer, Rightist or Freak?

Mishima: A Biography

by John Nathan

The Life and Death of Yukio Mishima

by Henry Scott Stokes
Yukio Mishima died in November 1970 at the age of forty-five by carrying out a carefully staged seppuku, or suicide by disembowelment. He was one of the more talented writers in postwar Japan and had written a few brilliant novels and plays and many more works that were merely clever …