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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I think this book would be a great read for any boy or man who is going through a similar situation. At times, death becomes the ultimate escapism; a respite to his chaotic predicaments and then there are moments when the thought of death compels him Kochan to ponder on the possibilities of an honorable life.

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Living without any form of protection would be living with an open skin. In the first chapter of the book, Kochan recalls a memory of a picture book from when he was four years old. He begins to notice his growing attraction to some of the boys in his class, particularly the pubescent body of his friend Omi. Mishima’s protagonist discovers that he is becoming a homosexual in a polite, post-war Japan.

In Seppukua suicide ritual also exercised by the author himself; the samurais embellished their faces with subtle make-up before succumbing to the self-inserted sword. Learn more about Amazon Prime. View all 35 comments.

His desire to fit in with the rest mishlma the world leads him to play an elaborate game, to wear a mask so convincing that it nearly convinces himself. I’m not going to post pictures of other such relationships in art. Write a customer review. Perhaps it was that sort of feeling which blazes higher and higher the more one’s pride is hurt.


I’m used to more variation! To survive, he must live behind a mask of propriety. This next part reminded me of me too much. Trivia About Confessions of a Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. Mishima was Kawabata’s protege. Trata-se de uma obra profundamente introspectiva, cuja leitura requer mizhima envolvimento.

It is the story of an adolescent who must learn to live with the painful fact that he is unlike other young men. But a man’s heart wants to speak only of its own ache. Confessions of a Mask takes us to some dark places. Confessionw news of the War reaches Tokyo, Kochan considers the fate of Japan and his place within its deeply rooted propriety.

He becomes “disgusted with my true self” and “feeling the urge to begin living”. Lists with This Book. In the courtship act, his desire for normalcy, of loving a woman, of the possibility of marriage and children, became an attainable dream. So yeah, that blew my mind. There’s a problem loading this menu right now. I’m in the magazine waiting room with not pictured photographs of Usher’s man crush on Bieber, maybe.

Both are explored beautifully through Mishima’s unflinching prose. Such is the life od a young gay man in wartime Japan.

When Kochan happens upon a reproduction of Reni’s Saint Sebastian in a book he is immediately drawn to the overt homoeroticism of the work. But a whole book? Because I don’t think HIS mask was the problem To hide his homosexuality, he courts a woman, Sonoko, but this exacerbates his feelings for men.

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All his thoughts, feelings, fantasies, and hungers are laid bare for the reader to digest. So it was not my maturity but my sense of uneasiness, my uncertainty, that was forcing me to gain control over my consciousness. You might argue that the novel is pretentious—and, oh Yjkio, it is! Description Confessions of a Mask tells the story of Kochan, an adolescent boy tormented by his burgeoning attraction to men: I wrote down other page numbers, actually.


Masturbating to the vision of a young male teacher and not to the thought confsssions a naked woman, made Kochan question the legitimate normality of his pubescence. Death being the only rescue.

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Mishima felt his whole life the gravitational pull to the darkest center of the universe. The narrator shows us quite clearly how adept yuukio is at hiding from himself, and so he cannot be trusted to tell us truthfully about how he thought when he was a young man.

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That day, the instant I looked upon the picture, my entire being trembled with some pagan joy. To survive, he must live behind a mask of propriety. Back cover copy This book is one of the classics of modern Japanese fiction.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Being able to hide who he really is and what he really wants becomes a matter of hiding from himself. Alas, this is not the fully-formed, masterful Mishima I first encountered in masm stupendous Spring Snow.

Sebastian hide dark urges of violence and despair.