Mishima, ou La vision du vide by Marguerite Yourcenar

By Marguerite Yourcenar

Le 24 novembre 1970, Mishima prépare avec un soin minutieux sa mort. Il veut que son suicide obéisse en tous issues aux rigueurs du ceremony exigé depuis des siècles par l. a. culture de son will pay, le milieu dans lequel il a choisi de vivre religieusement, socialement, littérairement, politiquement : il s'ouvre le ventre avant de se faire décapiter par los angeles major d'un ami. Mort à los angeles fois bad et exemplaire parce qu'elle est en quelque sorte le moyen de rejoindre en profondeur le vide métaphysique dont le romancier-poète japonais subit los angeles fascination depuis sa jeunesse. Marguerite Yourcenar met toute l'acuité de son intelligence au provider d'une telle aventure humaine dont elle pressent à l. a. fois l. a. proximité et l'étrangeté. Ainsi, dans un modèle d'étude critique, un grand écrivain d'Occident démonte les mécanismes de los angeles psychologie d'un grand écrivain d'Orient, mettant au jour les targets, les triomphes, les faiblesses, les désastres intérieurs et finalement le braveness.

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When he looked carefully he could see black human shapes within the windows, moving, stopping when the m1,1sic stopped. When it stopped he could feel his pulse quicken. He recited Shunsuke's words to himself as if invoking a charm. " Yuichi ripped off his necktie and laced it like a whip against the iron railing of the balcony. He needed to act, to use his power. Finally, when the lights were out, he had to fall back on his imaginative powers. Impersonation is a superlative act of creativity. While involved in impersonation, however, Yuichi felt that he had nothing to impersonate.

You hope things work out so that you can betray this marriage you have entered less than wholeheartedly. In general, young people insist on believing that love can vindicate selfinterest. Now, there is something you can depend on in the integrity of a mercenary man like me. Your squeamishness comes from some fuzziness in your· own integrity. Take the marriage portion and save it for alimony. That money doesn't obligate you. From what you said before, if you had four or five hundred thousand, you could keep your present house and bring your bride home there.

Tonight's vermilion, however, was somehow different. The edge of the sky was quite clearly intoxicated. Since the moon had not yet risen, that drunkenness stood out in the light of the faint stars. Not only that, the faint vermilion was fluttering. Striped in smoggy apricot, it looked like a mysterious flag fluttering in the wind. Yuichi recognized it as a fire. At the same time there wa8 a darkening of the white smoke around the flame. The beautiful youth's eyes were cloudy with desire. His flesh throbbed languidly.

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