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Rather complicated and sophisticated psychological turmoil of an adolescent gay narrator. Difficult to relate to sometimes, beautiful and moving at others. Magnificent nature evocations, chilling ending. Mishima knows how to write. This, more than any other Mishima novel, seems to me to give us an autobiographical insight into why he ended up committing suicide. It also provides us with an intimate story of how many homosexuals struggle with their sexual identity and either grow up or end up giving up
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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. Please sign in to write a review. If you have changed your email address then contact us and we will update your details.

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. Kochan, the narrator of "Confessions of a Mask," is lost for another reason. He is a homosexual who is determined to conceal his true nature from the world, and the story that he tells is an almost clinical account of congenital sexual inversion.

Yukio Mishima

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.

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