Confessions of a Mask

Confessions of a Mask

Paperback New Directions Paperbook

By (author) Yukio Mishima

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  • Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation
  • Format: Paperback | 254 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: 38,151

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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."

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Mishima's Mask continues to speak to the terrors that come when sexualities are pressed underground. --Emily Drabinski

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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.