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Temple of Dawn, the (1970) [Novel]
by Yukio Mishima Rating: Weighted - 9.2 / Average - 9.5 of 10 (2 votes) (Rate!)
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Series: Sea of Fertility, the
Part: 3

Summary :

The story of one man's obsessive pursuit of a beautiful woman and his equally passionate search for enlightenment, The Temple of Dawn powerfully dramatizes the Japanese experience from the eve of World War II through the postwar era.

Honda, a brilliant lawyer and man of reason, is called to Bangkok on legal business, where he is granted an audience with a young Thai princess—an encounter that radically alters the course of his life. In spite of all reason, he is convinced she is a reincarnated spirit, and undertakes a long, arduous pilgrimage to the holy places of India, where, in the climactic scene, he encounterrs her once more, only to have his newfound beliefs shattered and his life bereft of all meaning.

Original title: 暁の寺 (Akatsuki no Tera) [The Temple of Dawn]
Original languages: Japanese


Genre: FictionHistoricalAsiaJapan


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

Edition #1: The Temple of Dawn

The Temple of Dawn (1973)
Edition Details:

Language: English

Translated by: E. Dale Saunders Cecilia Segawa Seigle
  • "Surprisingly chilling, subtle, and original." The New York Times
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Manifested in:

The Temple of Dawn (April 14, 1990)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: New York
Publisher: Vintage International
ISBN: 0679722424
Dimensions: 5.6 x 7.8 x 0.7
Pages: 352

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