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Spring Snow (1968) [Novel]
by Yukio Mishima Rating: Weighted - 9.3 / Average - 10.0 of 10 (1 votes) (Rate!)
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Series: Sea of Fertility, the
Part: 1

Summary :

Spring Snow is set in Tokyo in 1912, when the hermetic world of the ancient aristocracy is being breached for the first time by outsiders—rich provincial families unburdened by tradition, whose money and vitality make them formidable contenders for social and political power.

Among the rising new elite are the ambitious Matsugae, whose son has been raised in a family of the waning aristocracy, the elegant and attenuated Ayakura. Coming of age, he is caught up in the tensions between old and new—fiercely loving and hating the exquisite, spirited Ayakura Satoko. He suffers in psychic paralysis until the shock of her engagement to a royal prince shows him the magnitude of his passion, and leads to a love affair that is as doomed as it was inevitable.

Original title: 春の雪 (Haru no Yuki) [Spring Snow]
Original languages: Japanese


Genre: FictionHistoricalAsiaJapan


  • Art direction: Susan Mitchell
  • Design: Marc J. Cohen

Edition #1: Spring Snow

Spring Snow (1972)
Edition Details:

Language: English

Translated by: Michael Gallagher
  • "A novel with the perfect beauty of a Japanese garden... a classic of Japanese literature." Chicago Sun-Times
  • "Mishima is like Stendhal in his precise psychological analyses, like Dostoevsky in his explorations of darkly destructive personalities." Christian Science Monitor
  • "[The Sea of Fertility] is a literary legacy on the scale of Proust's." National Review
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Manifested in:

Spring Snow (April 14, 1990)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: New York
Publisher: Vintage Books
ISBN: 0679722416
Dimensions: 5.1 x 7.9 x 0.8
Pages: 400

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