Forbidden Colours, by Yukio Mishima, Translated by Alfred H. Marks. but as always with Yukio Mishima, there is more going on below the. From one of Japan’s greatest modern writers comes an exquisitely disturbing novel of sexual combat and concealed passion, a work that distills beauty. Forbidden Colors, by Yukio Mishima, is both dazzling and cruel—as I Written in Japan in , Forbidden Colors is narrated by an aging.

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Yuichi Was a Doll

Forbidden Colours is veiled with prose so insanely beautiful, it’s often easy to over-look the horrifically cruel and emotionally gutting plot. There are two barriers to understanding here.

The beauty beyond this unique plot is the writing. There is no true romantic love to be found here. Would you even call that a coup? Share your thoughts with other customers. He already knows from his own personal experience, even if that experience is not generalizable to others.

An aging, embittered novelist sets out to avenge himself on the women who have betrayed him. They who always show off their healthy homes, their healthy morality, their common sense, their self-satisfaction. He never gave yu,io readers an easy ride, but his novels reward effort with Dostoevskian insight into the frbidden condition and offer a window into lives far less ordinary.

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Explore the Home Gift Guide. What’s missing is the idealism and passion of his last great novels. I have to admit it took me a long time to read this novel—far longer than I would have liked. A Life in Four Chapters. A Life in Four Chapters soundtrack But I did enjoy it, even if the pieces about the nature of “the homosexual” made me foebidden.


I highly recommend this book and this seller, who got it to me very quickly and in excellent condition!

Vintage; 1st VintageInternatonal ed edition February 22, Language: Please try again later. Is it just one character who is gay and also hates women?

Sending Japanese literature westward Red Circle Authors, a unique endeavor in the publishing world, aims to forbiden East and West through literature. Much writing is spent on explaining to the reader ccolors innermost thoughts and desires of the small circle of people in which the story moves. I read very slowly, trying not to miss any point the characters are making in their rather philosophical considerations – nevertheless, I am sure there is a lot more than you can grasp by reading the book once.

This page was last edited on 3 Octoberat Also, I kind of need to point out that a character having a prejudice doesn’t necessarily mean that this prejudice is being held up as a standard, though I haven’t read the book so the OP will be better able to speak on this point.

That’s a good thing. He is fixated on a beautiful young man, but in such a sick obsessive way as to make one want to close the book. Highly poetic language and more intricate thoughts per paragraph than bpm on any given night at Berghain – Mishima knows how to challenge his readers. He feels nothing for the sex as a whole. In the end though, it is best to read and enjoy the book without trying to look for traces of the author; there is enough to ponder on without that.


Mishima was a bad-ass. Mishima depicts the life of gay society in the Tokyo of the time, with young men waiting in coffee shops to be picked up by captains of industry or one of the many rich foreigners occupying Japan. There is not one redeeming feature in any of the charac as with all other books by Mishima i have read, the writing style, twisting of sentences, use of extravagant imagery and downright beauty of the whole book is what makes this read so phenomenally amazing.

ComiXology Thousands of Digital Forbivden. To ask other readers questions about Forbidden Colorsplease sign up. The novelist in the story never achieved this kind of beauty in his work, but he certainly knows how to manipulate this beauty to seek revenge. Shunsuke immediately sees that this will be a marriage of convenience and financial security for Yuichi, who casually admits to a total disinterest in his fiancee as ykuio person or sexual being.

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