Silk and Insight

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First edition (publ. Kodansha)

Silk and Insight (Kinu to Meisatsu) is a 1964 novel by the Japanese writer Yukio Mishima. The subject of the novel is taken from an actual strike in Japan in 1954 at Omi Kenshi, a silk thread and fabric manufacturer, which lasted for 106 days.[1] It was translated to English in 1998 by Hiroaki Sato as the seventh volume in The Library of Japan series, produced by the Pacific Basin Institute at Pomona College.


  1. ^ Sato, Hiroaki. "Introduction" Silk and Insight. M.E. Sharp: 1998. p. xv.