Confessions of a Mask

Confessions of a Mask

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Confessions of a Mask tells the story of Kochan, an adolescent boy tormented by his burgeoning attraction to men: he wants to be normal. Kochan is meek-bodied, and unable to participate in the more athletic activities of his classmates. He begins to notice his growing attraction to some of the boys in his class, particularly the pubescent body of his friend Omi. To hide his homosexuality, he courts a woman, Sonoko, but this exacerbates his feelings for men. As news of the War reaches Tokyo, Kochan considers the fate of Japan and his place within its deeply rooted propriety. Confessions of a Mask reflects Mishima s own coming of age in post-war Japan. Its publication in English praised by Gore Vidal, James Baldwin, and Christopher Isherwood propelled the young Yukio Mishima to international fame. "

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  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 127 x 208.28 x 20.32mm | 385.55g
  • New Directions Publishing Corporation
  • New YorkUnited States
  • English
  • 081120118X
  • 9780811201186
  • 46,160

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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. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth. "

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This book is one of the classics of modern Japanese fiction. It 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 a polite, post-war Japan. To survive, he must live behind a mask of propriety.

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