Heaven, Hell and Hara-Kiri: The Rise and Fall of the Japanese Superstate - James KirkupLondon, Sydney, Singapore & Manilla: Angus & Robertson, 1974, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dustwrapper. Dustwrapper a little rubbed at the edges, a little faded at the same. Gently bruised at the head, tail and corners of the binding. Edges of the textblock lightly tanned. Text complete, clean and tight.
From the cover: “Heaven, Hell and Hara-Kiri is quite unlike his three previous books about Japan. While he still entertains us with chapters on unusual dances, festivals, excursions and bars, and on his very idiosyncratic existence in Japan, this book is really a bird’s eye view of the whole of Japanese history and culture. The author shows his regret for the decline in the quality of Japanese life and traditions, frequently comparing present social and economic trends to national suicide or preparations for some vast ritual hara-kiri m the not-too-distant future. This view is linked with an important essay on the suicides of prominent Japanese like Yukio Mishima and the Nobel Prize winner Kawabata Yasunari, whom Kirkup knew personally.”