The Temple of the Golden Pavilion by Yukio Mishima

This novel follows the life of a young man named Mizoguchi, who becomes an acolyte at a famous Zen temple in Kyoto. Mizoguchi is afflicted with a stutter and a severe inferiority complex, which leads him to develop a destructive obsession with the temple's beauty. As he struggles with his personal demons, his fixation escalates into a desire to destroy the temple. The book is a profound exploration of beauty, obsession, and the destructive nature of ideals.

The 616th greatest book of all time


Published
1956
Nationality
Japanese
Type
Fiction
Pages
200-300
Words
Unknown
Original Language
Japanese

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