The first novel of Mishima's landmark tetralogy, The Sea of Fertility, Spring Snow is set in Tokyo in 1912, when the hermetic world of the ancient aristocracy is being breached for the first time by outsiders—rich provincial families unburdened by tradition, whose money and vitality make them formidable contenders for social and political power.
“Perfect beauty. . . . A classic of Japanese literature.” —Chicago Sun-Times
“Mishima was one of literature's great romantics, a tragedian with a heroic sensibility, an intellectual, an esthete, a man steeped in Western letters who toward the end of his life became a militant Japanese nationalist.” —Jay McInerney, The New York Times