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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And – still – at the close of the donfessions – the character continues to avoid himself and chase after a girl he has used as his foil and who is now married to another man. In fact nearly all major coming-of-age queer tales seem to eventually trace their genealogy back to Kochan.

Yet, I think a great disservice is done to Mishima’s second work to classify it as merely a ‘gay’ – albeit semi-autobiographical – novel does anyone else beside me detest the term? Dispatched from the UK in 2 business days When will my order arrive? An aberration, a deviation from the norm. All the world’s a stage ; Mishima’s own x sum up my perception of him that: Perhaps because the idea that all of this was beyond his control is just too terrible to contemplate.

Hsu No preview available – Suddenly the dark-blue guillotine fell, sending up a white blood-splash. For the two main themes of Confessions and quite a lot of Mishima’s other works are male queerness and sadomasochism. Return to Book Page. Customers who viewed this item also viewed. Inat the age of forty-five and the day after completing the last novel in the Fertility series, Mishima committed seppuku ritual suicide —a spectacular death that attracted worldwide attention.


Yet there exists another, more treacherous, type of mask.

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Sweet Bird of Youth Tennessee Williams. I’d also pine for the timeless quality of the thug that would throw themselves into anything eyes shut to past or future that Genet and Morrissey loved so much. Mishima muses and postulates about love and sexuality.

I’m thinking he was unclear on the concept. Mariel, it is all talk. But not a political novel. In a way, our ‘mask’ is a war child. Showing of 46 reviews. I can see why cpnfessions book is considered too important, and a classic, written in 40’s Japan.

No Justin Bieber post-Bieber hair! The true essence of confession is its impossibility. Confessiions you’re not sure how to activate it, please refer to this site: In the first chapter of the book, Kochan recalls a memory of a picture book from when he was four years old.

I was experiencing the same excitement that a revolution causes.

If so, then why are we adamant to categorize this amorphous divinity with standardize regularities? Kochan is homosexual, [1] and in the context of Imperial Japan he struggles to keep it to himself. Other books in this series. Hence, the maskand confessions. Mishima’s protagonist discovers that he is becoming a homosexual in a polite, post-war Japan. For the early memories “recounted” here, those of a child three or four years old, are clearly imbued with the erotic sensibility of an experienced adult.

So why three stars?

Confessions Of A Mask

Does he feel sexually attracted to women? There was a weirdly innocent, almost sexless quality to Confessions of a Mask. Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. He was able to abstractly view his developing homosexuality, and his desire to attain what others in normal society have. A man who died trying to rescue his sweetheart was killed, not by the flames, but by his sweetheart; and it was none other than the child who murdered its own mother when she was trying to save it.


It not so much shocking then that he should find a sexual satisfaction in sadism and death. Book ratings by Goodreads.

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Yukio MishimaMeredith Weatherby. It is a common yujio of childhood to think that if one makes a hero out of a demon the demon will be satisfied. Confessions of a Mask takes us to some dark places. His obsessive relationship with the nature of his confessions, which emerge dyed in dark, dingy varnishes, run like a treasured vinyl but repeated runs rob it of its haunting melody and its crushing palpability.

Confessions of a Mask

But then another thought occurred to me: I didn’t need a whole book of this. What an incredible book, unlike anything I have read before.

He appears to be very analytical, even from his earliest days. He finds himself entranced by men, especially laborers, and not knowing if this is what he’s supposed to be feeling. Take, for instance, one pivotal scene in which our nameless youth catches a glimpse of a classmate’s armpit hair during gym class. De VosFrancis L. In those days, one had to have either medals or illness.