Descending to the depths of Yukio Mishima’s ‘Sea of Fertility’

Damian Flanagan reports (in case you are wondering who Donald Keene is). Also check out Damian’s bio of YM.

“The Sea of Fertility,” the leviathan that Mishima left behind, is arguably both the most important Japanese literary work written in the last 100 years and, by far, the least understood.

Incorporating ideas from noh theater and araya-shiki, the Buddhist concept of an all-encompassing fundamental consciousness, Mishima hit upon an eccentric concept: His protagonist would keep being reincarnated as soon as he or she reached the age of 20.