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My Friend Hitler and Other Plays (2002) [Collection]
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Summary (From the publisher):

Though best known for his novels, Yukio Mishima published more than sixty plays, almost all of which were produced during his lifetime. Among them are kabuki plays and others inspired by No dramas—two types used in classical Japanese theater. Of play-writing Mishima once observed, "I started writing dramas just as water flows toward a lower place. In me, the topography of dramas seems to be situated far below that of novels. It seems to be in a place which is more instinctive, closer to child's play." For English readers, these plays have been one of Japan's best-kept secrets—until now.

In this anthology, Hiroaki Sato translates the brilliance and richness of Yukio Mishima's writing into the English language. He has selected five major plays and three essays on dramaturgy, providing informative introductions to guide the reader. Sato's translations offer a broad historical and personal context in which those new to Mishima's work can place his writing. For those more familiar with Mishima, these translations offer another medium in which one can access his ingenious work.


  • The Rokumeikan
  • Backstage Essays
  • The Decline and Fall of the Suzaku
  • My Friend Hitler
  • The Terrace of the Leper King
  • The Flower of Evil: Kabuki
  • A Wonder Tale: the Moonbow

Original title: My Friend Hitler and Other Plays
Original languages: Japanese


Genre: Drama and PlaysTraditional Non-western Forms

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My Friend Hitler and Other Plays (2002)
Edition Details:

Language: English

Translated by: Hiroaki Sato
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My Friend Hitler and Other Plays (November 15, 2002)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: New York
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 0231126336
Dimensions: 5.9 x 8.8 x 0.7 in
Pages: 304

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