Pulp-noir self-portrait by Yukio Mishima

      Yukio Mishima, Japan’s most infamous modern writer, was born into a samurai family in 1925 and all his brief life revered the “living god” Emperor Hirohito and the cult of Japan as an Asian master race. On 25 November 1970, after his failed coup d’état against the Tokyo government, the 45-year-old Mishima committed seppuku, the Japanese form …

Solitude & Company — charming account of Gabriel García Márquez’s life

      Gabriel García Márquez, the most famous writer in the Spanish-speaking world since Miguel Cervantes, is a difficult subject for a biographer. He contrived some elaborate autobiographical fictions, and was noted for his determination to keep secret what he wished to keep secret. Gerald Martin’s exhaustive 2008 biography, Gabriel García Márquez: A Life, took seventeen years to complete, …