Kyoko's House


Kyoko's House

nihongo|"Kyoko's House"|鏡子の家|Kyōko no Ie is a 1959 novel by the Japanese writer Yukio Mishima.

The book tells the interconnected stories of four young men who represent different facets of the author's personality. His athletic side appears as a boxer, his artistic side as a painter, his narcissistic, performing side as an actor and his secretive, nihilistic side as a businessman who goes through the motions of living a normal life while practicing "absolute contempt for reality".

Mishima's biographer and translator, John Nathan, has called "Kyoko's House" "an unsettling, even a terrifying book", [John Nathan, Mishima: A Biography (1974), ch.5] at least partly because it seems prophetic in its anticipation of developments in Mishima's own life: the boxer takes up right-wing politics and the actor becomes involved in a sado-masochistic sexual relationship which ends in double suicide for himself and his lover.

The novel was certainly important to Mishima personally. It took him fifteen months to write, which was by far the longest time he had ever taken on a novel. Also, he did not publish it in magazine installments as was customary, but kept it to himself until it was completed. Its indifferent sales and poor critical reception wounded him deeply.

The story of Osamu, the actor in "Kyoko's House", was one of three Mishima works adapted by Paul Schrader for his film "". Although the novel has not been translated into English, Schrader used it because his original choice, "Forbidden Colors", was vetoed by Mishima's widow. [Schrader, Paul, Schrader on Schrader and Other Writings (1990)]

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