Runaway Horses is the chronicle of a conspiracy, a novel about the roots and nature of Japaneses fanaticism in the years that led to war—an era marked by depression, the upheaval of radical social change, political violence, and assassination.
Isao, the driven hero, is a young, engaging patriot-fanatic. His father, a corrupt and temporizing spouter of nationalistic pieties, instills in him the ancient samurai ethos. In its service Isao organizes a violent plot against the new industrialists who he believes are usurping the Emperor's rightful power and threatening the very integrity of Japan. As the conspiracy unfolds—and ultimately unravels—Mishima brilliantly dramatizes the conflicts of a decade that saw the fabric of Japanese life torn apart.
Original title: 奔馬 (Honba) [Runaway Horses]
Genre: Fiction→ Historical→ Asia→ Japan
- The Vintage International edition of this book erroneously states the original Japanese title as "Honda," (with a 'd' instead of a 'b') which would be the name of one of the characters in this book. This has been checked against the original Japanese edition—Ed.
- Art direction: Susan Mitchell
- Design: Marc J. Cohen