logo
Wrong email address or username
Wrong email address or username
Incorrect verification code
Confessions of a Mask - Yukio Mishima, Meredith Weatherby
Confessions of a Mask
by: (author) (author)
4.27 65
One of the classics of modern Japanese fiction.Confessions of a Mask 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 polite, post-war Japan. To survive, he must live... show more
One of the classics of modern Japanese fiction.Confessions of a Mask 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 polite, post-war Japan. To survive, he must live behind a mask of propriety. Christopher Isherwood comments—"One might say, 'Here is a Japanese Gide,'....But no, Mishima is himself—a very Japanese Mishima; lucid in the midst of emotional confusion, funny in the midst of despair, quite without pomposity, sentimentality or self-pity. His book, like no other, has made me understand a little of how it feels to be Japanese. I think it is greatly superior, as art and as a human document to his deservedly praised novel, The Sound of Waves."
show less
Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780811201186 (081120118X)
Publisher: New Directions
Pages no: 254
Edition language: English
Bookstores:
Community Reviews
Nicole~
Nicole~ rated it
4.0 Confessions of a Mask by Yukio Mishima
Confessions of a Mask (1949) rocketed Yukio Mishima to the literary prominence he so desperately sought as a struggling modern writer. The novel explores the obsessions of a young man suffering inwardly with erotic fantasies of men, beauty and violence. He strains to conform to a heterosexual life w...
Lotus wild over sakura
Lotus wild over sakura rated it
4.0
“What we call evil is the instability inherent in all mankind which drives man outside and beyond himself toward an unfathomable something, exactly as though nature had bequeathed to our souls an ineradicable portion of instability from her store of ancient chaos.”- Stephan Zweig. ...
Rowena's Reviews
Rowena's Reviews rated it
5.0
What a great book! Mishima did a great job of depicting the story of a Japanese adolescent in Japanese society realizing that he is gay and thus having to wear a mask to hide his true self. There is so much mental confusion going through the protagonist's head, a great psychological account not only...
Other editions (1)
Books by Yukio Mishima
Books by Meredith Weatherby
On shelves
Share this Book
Need help?