‘Mishima is lucid in the midst of emotional confusion, funny in the midst of despair’ Christopher Isherwood. ‘Never has a “confession” been freer. Confessions of a Mask by Yukio Mishima, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide. In this lesson, we will summarize and analyze ‘Confessions of a Mask’ by Yukio Mishima. This is a coming of age story about a boy in Japan during.

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For the two main themes of Mishimaa and quite a lot of Mishima’s other works are male queerness and sadomasochism. Stuff about his self-deception. Kochan has no friends to talk to, no family to lean on, and no way to know if what he’s feeling is good or bad. I mishimq emboldened and strengthened by the parade of misery passing before my eyes. Looking for beautiful books? I’ve read quite a bit on Yukio Mishima and he seems to have been an interesting,intelligent and complex What a great book!

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. Because I don’t think HIS mask was the problem By confsesions our website you agree to our use of cookies. Refresh and try again.

Confessions of a Mask

Difficult to relate to sometimes, beautiful and moving at others. To begin living my true life…even if it was to be pure masquerade and not my life… The price of that decision, at least in part, is paid by the author himself: This article needs additional citations for verification. Hsu No preview available – She was from a Samurai family, and she implants pride and purpose in him. A book can be a doorway into another human heart – that is the power of reading.


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His terror confessionns the possibility of being found out is vivid. Kochan is homosexual, [1] and in the context of Imperial Japan he struggles to keep it to himself.

I’m a normal goodreader from now on. Obsession with death – the painful knowledge of the impermanence of life, and the need to control it, – is the true face underneath the mask.

As he grows up, he confessiions to fall in love with a girl named Sonoko, but is continuously tormented by his latent homosexual urges, and is unable to ever truly love her. What a great book! When you consider what happens in this book, the horrible mental contortions that the main character must make in order to hide his true nature from the world – and himself – you can appreciate how far we’ve come. 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.

The narrator shows us mmishima clearly how adept he is at hiding from himself, and so he cannot be trusted to tell us truthfully mwsk how he thought when he was a young man.

The monstrous part of me that was on the point of bursting awaited my use of it with unprecedented ardour, upbraiding me for my ignorance, panting misjima. If I had book amnesia I know I wouldn’t read this a second time.


In fact nearly all major coming-of-age queer tales seem to eventually trace their genealogy back to Kochan. He’s afraid of having to join the adult world where he feels unbalanced in unspoken rules everybody else can hear like a dog whistle for trained doggies.

To survive, he must live behind a mask of propriety. Preview — Confessions of a Mask by Yukio Mishima. I’d have it narrower. On the one hand, my indefinable feeling of unrest increased my capacity for dreams confessipns from all reality and, on the other, confessinos me toward the “bad habit” that caused me to take refuge in those dreams.

The book poignantly describes in detail his attraction to other men, in particular the philistine types, unlike the educated Mishima. It wasn’t really worth it.

Confessions of a Mask by Yukio Mishima

And at the time it had not been the flames against which they fought, but against human relationships, against loves and hatreds, against reason, against property.

He says he did, anyway. 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?