My Friend Hitler
Though best known for his novels, Mishima Yukio published more than sixty plays, almost all of which were produced during his lifetime. Among them are kabuki plays and others inspired by No dramas--two types used in classical Japanese theater. Of play-writing Mishima once observed, "I started writing dramas just as water flows toward a lower place. In me, the topography of dramas seems to be situated far below that of novels. It seems to be in a place which is more instinctive, closer to child's play." For English readers, these plays have been one of Japan's best-kept secrets--until now
My Friend Hitler is a 1968 play written by Mishima. The four characters include Adolf Hitler, Gustav Krupp, Gregor Strasser and Ernst Röhm (from whose text the play's title is taken), the action is happening in 1934. The evaluations of the play include considering it to be anti-fascist as well as preaching fascism.