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Silk and Insight (1964) [Novel]
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Published in 1964, Silk and Insight, is one of the last major novels of Yukio Mishima to be translated into English. Besides being a good novel, as one would expect from Mishima, it stands as an excellent piece of social commentary on the transformation of Japanese business from the old paternalism--which by no means was benevolent--to a new world where labor unions were as active as any other institution in changing their image.

One of Yukio Mishima's early novels and highly significant as a contribution to Japan's postwar literature and politics, Silk and Insight is based on the strike--often described as the most significant in the history of Japan's postwar labor movement-- which took place at Omi Kenshi, a silk thread and fabric manufacturer not far from Kyoto. While Mishima has populated the book with interesting and thoroughly believable fictional characters, the events he narrates faithfully reflect the tensions of that period and give a unique picture of the strife upon which Japan's later successful management/labor relations were built.

Original title: 絹と明察 (Kinu to Meisatsu)
Original languages: Japanese


Genre: FictionGeneral FictionLiterary Fiction/classics

Edition #1: Silk and Insight

Silk and Insight (1998)
Edition Details:

Language: English

Translated by: Hiroaki Sato
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Silk and Insight (August 1998)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: Armonk, NY
Publisher: M. E. Sharpe
ISBN: 0765603004
Dimensions: 6 x 8.9 x 0.7 in
Pages: 219

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