Confessions of a Mask

Confessions of a Mask

Paperback New Directions Paperbook

By (author) Yukio Mishima, Translated by Meredith Weatherby

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  • Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation
  • Format: Paperback | 256 pages
  • Dimensions: 127mm x 208mm x 20mm | 386g
  • Publication date: 1 February 1958
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 081120118X
  • ISBN 13: 9780811201186
  • Sales rank: 48,205

Product description

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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We read the bloody details with wonder such is the power of his writing. --Gore Vidal"

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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.