‘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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The main character, whose name is only given as Kochan, is a young man dealing with the fact that he is homosexual.

The machine sets to work mightily. As news of the War reaches Tokyo, Kochan considers the fate of Japan and his place mishims its deeply rooted propriety.

As far as he knows, no other boy has felt the way he did, and the only other one he hears of – Oscar Wilde – is long dead. Truly an impressive work of literature. It is a scathing, unflinching examination of the darkness at the far corners of the human mind.

The momentary erotic moments of death?

Confessions of a Mask

A fountain of blood struck me full in the face. She was from a Samurai family, and she implants pride and purpose in him. I’m finding it harder and harder to feel romantic about symbols like that. He appears to be very analytical, even from his earliest days.


The perfect male physique pared with the gashes and wounds of the arrows implanted within his torso act as a mirror for the novel itself. View all 5 comments. Genet would have had a lot more names for his penis than “the toy”.

I can’t mishjma someone who’s not queer understanding everything that’s going on in this book, and that’s not me espousing the “everyone’s actually a little bit gay” bullshit. Sebastian and the nascent obsession of an eight year old girl. This little fella does a good job describing what it was like to be queer for me in high school and not to know it.

He says it a lot.

New Directions Publishing- Fiction – pages. He begins to notice his growing attraction to some of the boys in his class, particularly the pubescent body of his friend Omi. Hence, the maskand confessions.

Mishima was Kawabata’s protege. I was pretending instead that I had a bad heart. He strains to conform to a heterosexual life while secretly idolizing depictions of St. It is the story of an adolescent who must learn to live with the painful fact that he is unlike other young men.

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Sebastian and he develops a strong attraction to a boy named Omi. But it could at least be a heart spilling stain on the sleeve. Sebastian, martyred, with his hands bound and his naked torso pierced by arrows, or becoming aroused by the sight of the muscular nightsoil man walking through the neighborhood.


His obsessive relationship with the nature of his confessions, which emerge dyed in dark, dingy varnishes, run like a treasured vinyl but repeated runs rob it of its haunting melody and its crushing palpability. I ask that much! In the first chapter of the book, Kochan recalls a memory of a picture book from confessionw he was four years old.

Mishima’s weakling in a world of military machismo in ‘Confessions of a Mask’

This page was last edited on 2 Novemberat A Life in Four Chapters soundtrack It is crazy to think that next year we will be celebrating Confessions of a Mask ‘s 70th birthday.

Death becomes a coveted symbol of equality, demolishing societal discrepancies and at the same time a harbinger with a prejudicial mask.

O Mishima is one of the most acclaimed Japanese author, i can see why is that. The segregation of sexes that is made in schools and colleges and jails is probably made with aim of keepi Mishima’s attempt at portrayal of homosexuality gives only mix tesults. Dispatched from the UK in 2 business days When will my order arrive?