The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea
After five years of celibate widowhood, Fusako consummates her two-day relationship with Ryuji, a naval officer convinced of his glorious destiny. However, they are spied on by Fusako's son, Noboru, a member of a sinister elite of precocious schoolboys. Together, they conspire against Ryuji.
'A major work of art' Time
Mishima's greatest novel, and one of the greatest of the past century The Times Explores the viciousness that lies beneath what we imagine to be innocence Independent Told with Mishima's fierce attention to naturalistic detail, the grisly tale becomes painfully convincing and yields a richness of psychological and mythic truth Sunday Times Coolly exact with his characters and their honourable motives. His aim is to make the destruction of the sailor by his love seem as inevitable as the ocean Guardian Mishima's imagery is as artful as a Japanese flower arrangement New York Times