Start your review of Shibumi Write a review Shelves: spies The reading public back in picked this book up thinking they were reading a best selling thriller novel, little did they know they were going to be exposed to a Trevanian philosophy called SHIBUMI. It is a statement so correct that it does not have to be bold, so poignant it does not have to be pretty, so true it does not have to be real. Eloquent silence. In The reading public back in picked this book up thinking they were reading a best selling thriller novel, little did they know they were going to be exposed to a Trevanian philosophy called SHIBUMI.
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Please help improve it by removing unnecessary details and making it more concise. May Learn how and when to remove this template message Nicholai Hel is an assassin, born in Shanghai in and raised in a cosmopolitan fashion by his mother, a deposed member of the Russian aristocracy. When Japan surrenders in , Hel, after long months of hunger, finds thanks to his knowledge of many languages a job as an interpreter in the US Occupation Army and becomes a decoder agent in United States Intelligence.
Hel learns that the general who raised him is being held as a prisoner of war by the Russians and faces an ignominious show-trial for war crimes. After visiting the General in captivity, he realises that he has provided the Russians a way to hurt the man he respects so much, having confirmed to the Soviet operative in charge of the prosecution the emotional attachment the General has to Hel.
Hel decides that the only way to show his gratitude and love for the man whom he has come to view as his father is to offer the General a way out of his captivity, one that avoids the public indignity of the public trial. Upon his next visit, Hel, speaking in veiled terms, offers to kill the General.
After some resistance the General realises the sincerity of the offer and accepts. Hel is then tortured by the Americans and held in solitary confinement without trial, Hel being a citizen of no country. In prison, his physical and mental discipline, along with studying the Basque language from some old books abandoned by a missionary, help him to retain his sanity, although, due to intense anger and hatred, he is no longer able to fully escape mentally and reach his state of peaceful ecstasy.
He even develops, in his solitude, a "proximity sense" through which he is aware of any being drawing near along with its amicable or hostile intentions , and which also allows him to find his way in complete darkness. It is in desperate need of an agent able to cause severe discord between Russia and China.
It needs someone who has nothing to lose, who has European features, and who can speak fluent Chinese and Russian. Hel succeeds in his mission, taking for payment the names and locations of those who tortured him, and goes on to become one of the highest-paid and most skillful assassins in the world. The novel begins with Hel, retired in his late fifties in a small castle overlooking a village of the Haute-Soule, in the mountainous Northern Basque Country. Hel thinks he is now allowed to enjoy life in a shibui way mingling discreet epicureanism with fatalism and detachment and he slowly improves his Japanese garden , enjoys restrictive gastronomy , and practices highly esoteric sex with his concubine.
She begs Hel to help her finish her mission and eliminate the terrorists, and gain revenge on the Mother Company. Trivia[ edit ] Don Winslow published Satori in , a novel based on Shibumi. In the film John Wick , a security guard character is seen reading Shibumi. The book again surfaces in episode 9.
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Rodney William Whitaker 12 June Dec He wrote in a wide variety of genres, achieved best-seller status, and published under several names, of which the best known was Trevanian. From to , five of his novels sold more than a million copies each. He was described as "the only writer of airport paperbacks to be compared to Zola, Ian Fleming, Poe and Chaucer. His family struggled with poverty and he lived for several years in "Trevanian" was the pen name of American author Dr. His family struggled with poverty and he lived for several years in Albany, New York as a youth a time portrayed in his last published work. While there he wrote and directed his own three-act play Eve of the Bursting.
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