Fountains in the Rain

by Mishima, Yukio

For at least the last five or six minutes of this reading, I was stifling an enormous sneeze, which came out promptly the second I rushed to stop recording (there may or may not have left physical evidence of the sneeze’s disdain for having been ignored for so long… but I’d never tell). Oddly, I hadn’t given thought to the end of the story, and, for reasons better understood if you listen all through, by the end was stifling a laugh on top of the sneeze, and am presently thankful that I did not explode altogether from all these stifled physiological demands. Thankful, of course, that my atoms remained together long enough, at least, to post the story.

Article written by miette

Miette has been podcasting the best of world literature's short fiction since March 2005, when she was just a pup.

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  1. Scoot
    Scoot May 20, 2005 at 5:51 pm |

    Oddly enough, even though I like Mishima a lot, this is a story which hasn’t endeared itself to me any further over the years (I must like his later work better). Still, it is a good story and it was a pleasure to hear you read it!

  2. MORTA
    MORTA April 1, 2008 at 1:20 am |

    Hi, I read the biography of Yukio Mishima a while ago and found his life and style of writing very eccentric, so i decided to read his short stories and books, but so far i haven’t been able to find a single text! Can u tell me where to download some of his works? or if u have them would u be kind enough to send them to me?
    Thnx in advance.

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