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Yukio Mishima, pseudonym of Kimitake Hiraoka, was a novelist and playwright, born in Tokyo in 1925.

She had a troubled childhood, marked by events that would later mark her literature, such as being separated from her parents as a child and raised by her paternal grandmother, a controlling woman who would not let him out of her sight.

Mishima thus had an isolated childhood, which many biographers believe has influenced his interest in and obsession with the subject of death.

At the age of twelve she returned to live with her parents and began to write her stories, but her father, a bureaucratic government official, was completely against her literary pretensions, which is why Kimitake decided to create a pseudonym: to hide her works of paternal knowledge.

After participating in World War II, although far from the front of combat for reasons of health – factor that would cause great remorse to him, to have seen to die his compatriots and not to have had a heroic death -, Mishima was forced by the father to enroll itself in college and to study law.

He entered the Ministry of Finance but, unhappy with this life, eventually convinced his father to accept his literary career, but this one, a rude and disciplined man, presented him with a kind of condition: since he was to be a writer, then to become the best in Japan.

In fact, Mishima became one of the best-known Japanese writers and was nominated several times for the Nobel Prize for Literature, authoring works such as "Confessions of a Mask" (1948), "The Golden Temple" (1956), or "The Sailor Who Lost the Graces of the Sea" (1963).

Yukio Mishima has always followed, both in life and in his work, an idealism rooted in the military and spiritual traditions of the samurai, and his conception of art has always been linked to a high worship of soul and body.

On November 25, 1970, at the age of 45, he committed suicide in a mediatic manner – before several soldiers and after making a patriotic speech – practicing the Japanese ritual 'seppuku', commonly known in the West by haraquiri, thus expressing his opposition the abandonment of Japanese traditions and the uncritical acceptance of Western consumerist models.



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