The nobilty of failure

The nobilty of failure

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Tragic Heroes in the History of Japan

di Ivan Morris

pag, 374 - Ed. Kurodahan press, 2013 -  ISBN 9784902075502

Long recognized as a core book in any study of Japanese culture and literature, The Nobility of Failure examines the lives and deaths of nine historical individuals who faced overwhelming odds, and, realizing they were doomed, accepted their fate--to be killed in battle or by execution, to wither in exile, or to escape through ritual suicide. Morris then turns his attention to the kamikaze pilots of World War II, who gave their lives in defense of their nation in the full realization that their deaths would have little effect on the course of the war.
Through detail, crystal-clear prose and unmatched narrative sweep and brilliance, Professor Morris takes you into the innermost hearts of the Japanese people.

Supported by extensive notes and bibliography, the chapters cover:

  • Yamato Takeru
  • Yorozu
  • Arima no Miko
  • Sugawara no Michizane
  • Minamoto no Yoshitsune
  • Kusunoki Masashige
  • Amakusa Shirō
  • Ōshio Heihachirō
  • Saigō Takamori
  • and the kamikaze fighters of World War II