Confessions of a Mask

Confessions of a Mask

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Detailing his progress from an isolated childhood through adolescence to manhood, including an abortive love affair with a classmate's sister, it reports the inner life of a boy's preoccupation with death. The novel's enduring themes of fantasy, despair and alienation have established "Confessions of a Mask" as one of the most important works of fiction to have emerged from Japan in the twentieth century.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 123 x 186 x 20mm | 240g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0720612853
  • 9780720612851
  • 325,045

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'A terrific and astringent beauty ... a work of art' - Times Literary Supplement 'Mishima stands alone. This Japanese writer is to me one of the most important contemporary novelists.' - Angus Wilson, Observer 'Mishima is lucid in the midst of emotional confusion, funny in the midst of despair. His book has made me understand how it feels to be Japanese.' - Christopher Isherwood 'Never has a "confession" been freer of self-pity and emotional over-indulgence.' - Francis Wyndham, Sunday Times
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About Yukio Mishima

Yukio Mishima was born in Tokyo in 1925 and was educated at the Peer's School, where he received a special commendation from the Emperor of Japan. His international reputation as a leading Japanese writer was firmly established by the English publication in 1960 of Confessions of a Mask, considered to be one of Japan's most important post-war novels. In 1970 Mishima publicly committed seppuku, ritual suicide by disembowelment, in an ultimate gesture towards fulfilling his own fantasy of death.
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13,006 ratings
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4 41% (5,311)
3 23% (2,990)
2 5% (704)
1 1% (159)
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