Editions. Confessions of a Mask . Yukio Mishima He must wear a false mask and hide his true nature, whatever the cost. ‘A terrific and. Confessions Of A Mask. Fiction by Yukio Mishima. Confessions of a Mask tells the story of Kochan, an adolescent boy tormented by his. This autobiographical novel, regarded as Mishima’s finest book, is the haunting story of a Japanese boy’s development toward a homosexual identity during and .

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As news of the War reaches Tokyo, Kochan considers the fate of Japan and his place within its deeply rooted propriety. Trivia About Confessions of a He was able to distant himself and develop a “mask” of a person participating in the normal rituals of the conventional cnofessions.

His childhood was largely spent in his grandmother’s sickroom. Two might be my limit, after all. He is able to pinpoint details, causes, subconscious symbols with the accuracy of a professional psycho-analyst.

I’m not a cultivated man, brother, but I’ve thought a lot about this. And I was certain that even he did not yet know the full purport of this vast conspiracy against him.

We guess them as we can, and come out of the water dry. This, more than any other Mishima novel, seems to me to give us an autobiographical insight into why he ended up committing suicide. An aberration, a deviation from the norm. There was a weirdly innocent, almost sexless quality to Confessions of a Mask.

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One imagines detailing these grotesque erotic fantasies could either make or break a budding author from the moment he admits to them. Those, the user will come to realize sooner or later, can be worn for a limited period of time. The title seems to imply a promise – “all will jishima revealed” – because after all, it is the mask who is confessing.

New Directions US Eng. A man should not be made to feel guilty if his heart craves the touch of another man. I related to the staring problems. Fortunately for Mishima, it made him an confesisons phenomenon. Until then I had mistakenly thought I was only poetically attracted to such things, thus confusing the nature of my sensual desires with a system of [a]esthetics. I cannot bear the thought that a man of noble heart and lofty mind sets out off the ideal of the Madonna and ends with the ideal of Sodom.


The perfect male physique pared with the gashes and wounds of the arrows implanted within his torso act as a mirror for the novel itself. The nature of its tastes had become bound up, not only with my childhood memories, but, one after another, with such things as the naked bodies of young men seen on a summer’s seashore, the swimming teams seen mishija Meiji Pool, the swarthy ykkio man a cousin of mine married, and the valiant heroes of many an adventure story.

His ideal was ‘bunbu ryodo’, the way of the pen and the sword. His sexual maturity is a sad and stunted thing.

Still, it’s all mannered and slow and reflective and all the un-viscerally-exciting things you’d well, I’d expect from the mishim period and from such a complicated obsession with decorum. And thus has an obsession with death. The machine sets to work mightily.

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Learn more about Amazon Giveaway. A world where rape, incest is placed on a identical immoral dais as homosexuality is certainly a malignant society.

An engrossing and influential tale, Confessions of a Mask is still as fresh and shocking in as it was in For the two main themes of Confessions and quite a lot of Mishima’s other works are male queerness and sadomasochism.

I imagined vaguely that it must be some purpose toward which his “evil genius” was driving him. In the end, however, there was nothing for it but to surrender on my side to the insubordinate toy, with its expression of sweet secrecy, and wait passively to see what would happen.

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For the sake of a name, we confesisons dub this species “the subjective novel,” insofar as it tends to neglect the furtherance of story or plot in favour of charting out an intricate and scrupulously characterized first-person subjectivity.

Paperbackpages. But it could at least be a heart spilling stain on the sleeve. Sebastian and the nascent obsession of an eight year old girl. He begins to notice his growing attraction to some of the boys in his class, particularly the pubescent body of his friend Omi.

Back cover copy This book is one of the classics of modern Japanese fiction. If Confessions were written from a third-person objective vantage point, with no insight into its protagonist’s thoughts and emotions, it would be far easier for yulio to produce a pithy synopsis.

Before their eyes they has seen human relationships, love and hatreds, reason, property, all go up in flame Love has always been an anomalous creature; sensuality flooding sanity into passionate disorders. Probably the only place in which I could have lived at ease would have been some uncivilized tropical land where I could not speak the language. A novel of inner turmoil and a study into the nature of desire. Rather complicated and sophisticated psychological turmoil of an adolescent gay narrator.

Confessions of a Mask

It’s a wonder then he didn’t know something more about the concept of projection. The prose made me furious at times, to glimpse a world ridden with hypocrisies of insecure minds. Views Read Edit View history. Just a moment while midhima sign you in to your Goodreads account.

When reading this I was somewhat taken aback by its sheer influence on the world of queer literature, particularly in the works of Edmund White. It is a scathing, unflinching examination mishkma the darkness at the far corners of the human mind.

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