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Henry Miller. Laszlo Krasznahorkai. William Carlos Williams. Comte De Lautreamont. Dubravka Ugresic. Antonio Tabucchi. Home Contact us Help Free delivery worldwide. Free delivery worldwide. Bestselling Series. Harry Potter. Popular Features. Home Learning. Confessions of a Mask. Description Confessions of a Mask tells the story of Kochan, an adolescent boy tormented by his burgeoning attraction to men: he wants to be "normal. He begins to notice his growing attraction to some of the boys in his class, particularly the pubescent body of his friend Omi.

To hide his homosexuality, he courts a woman, Sonoko, but this exacerbates his feelings for men. As news of the War reaches Tokyo, Kochan considers the fate of Japan and his place within its deeply rooted propriety. Confessions of a Mask reflects Mishima's own coming of age in post-war Japan. Other books in this series. New Seeds of Contemplation Thomas Merton. Add to basket. Nausea Jean-Paul Sartre.

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Death in Midsummer Yukio Mishima. Zen and the Birds of Appetite Thomas Merton. Antigonick Anne Carson. Maldoror Comte De Lautreamont. Museum of Unconditional Surrender Dubravka Ugresic. Requiem Antonio Tabucchi. Back cover copy This book is one of the classics of modern Japanese fiction. It is the story of an adolescent who must learn to live with the painful fact that he is unlike other young men. Mishima's protagonist discovers that he is becoming a homosexual in a polite, post-war Japan.

To survive, he must live behind a mask of propriety. Review quote Confessions of a Mask follows in the spirit of Oscar Wilde's dictum that 'man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Rating details. Book ratings by Goodreads. Goodreads is the world's largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews.

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Mishima's weakling in a world of military machismo in 'Confessions of a Mask'

A Japanese teenager is overcome with longing for his male classmate. He imagines his body punctured with arrows, like the body of St Sebastian in the painting that obsesses him. Over and over again, each night in his private fantasies, the objects of his lust are tortured, killed and maimed. But, in the rigid world of imperial wartime Japan there is no place for such transgressive desires. He must wear a false mask and hide his true nature, whatever the cost. Mishima is lucid in the midst of emotional confusion, funny in the midst of despair.


Confessions of a Mask

Admired as both prose writer and poet, he has until now been represented in this country by translations of one novel, "Sound of Waves," and a collection of five modern No plays. This book will increase American awareness of his skill; but it will also, I imagine, arouse in many readers as much distaste as respect. Like a number of other postwar Japanese novels, this extraordinary narrative, translated into fluent English by Meredith Weatherby, is the story of a lost soul. The younger and middle generations of Japanese writers find themselves, in Matthew Arnold's now hackneyed but pertinently descriptive words, Wandering between two worlds, one dead, The other powerless to be born. Cut off suddenly from the life-giving traditions of their national past, they have not yet been able to find spiritual nourishments in the Western culture that has been thrust upon them.

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