Editions. Confessions of a Mask . Yukio Mishima He must wear a false mask and hide his true nature, whatever the cost. ‘A terrific and. Confessions Of A Mask. Fiction by Yukio Mishima. Confessions of a Mask tells the story of Kochan, an adolescent boy tormented by his. This autobiographical novel, regarded as Mishima’s finest book, is the haunting story of a Japanese boy’s development toward a homosexual identity during and .

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There mishiam multiple layers of his psyche explored here, themes touched upon, which all would play out in moshima later work – and, most tragically, life as well.

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Confessions of a Mask by Yukio Mishima

You won’t find that here of it happened to me so it must be super ultra important. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. The same lack of form yykio function persists in the telling of the story, start to finish. A look at Mishima’s life shows a number of parallels, especially in the early days. I had, so to speak, accepted “normality” as a temporary employee in the corporation of my body.

When he was about 12 years old, and a certain ‘toy’ made its wishes known to him. If you can ignore those couple cnofessions sentences though, it is an intresting fonfessions of psychology of a a homosexual person living in a society where homosexuals are not supposed to exist. Per Mishima, “It was like being given a gift of damp fireworks. View all 6 comments.

This article needs additional citations for verification. Confessions of a Mask is Mishima’s personal account of his discovering of his homosexuality, his desire to fit in the conventional society, and of his grief over the fact that being part of the normal society is unattainable for him.


So a problematic but fascinating novel, especially for those interested in the issues gays have historically faced when negotiating the straight world. Masturbating to the vision of a young male misyima and not to the thought of a naked woman, made Kochan question the legitimate normality of his pubescence.

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At the conefssions of his fame and vitality, he committed suicide by ceremonial seppuku after a failed coup d’etat. His crowning achievement, the Sea of Fertility tetralogy—which contains the novels Spring SnowRunaway HorsesThe Temple of Dawnand The Decay of the Angel —is considered one of the definitive works of twentieth-century Japanese fiction. Quotes from Confessions of a Alas, this is not the fully-formed, masterful Mishima I first encountered in his stupendous Spring Snow.

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I don’t mind so much, especially with this latest success on his part of not setting off my increasingly visceral reactions to writers who don’t have the chops to fill up books with anything other than tactics yukii to crystallize a particular society’s arbitrary definition of normalcy.

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All he knows is that the other boys are fascinated by women, and he’s fascinated by other boys. Mishima’s protagonist discovers that he is becoming a homosexual in a mushima, post-war Japan. Ships from and sold by Amazon. At the time, like the crew of a wrecked ship, they had found themselves in a situation where it was permissible to kill one person in order that another might live.

We use cookies to give you the best possible experience. There’s another image he obsesses over, St. For the two main themes of Confessions and quite a lot of Mishima’s other works are male queerness and sadomasochism. He is the same person despite his years and experiences. It’s just a lot of putting names on fleeting moments of what sounded good. While I can’t claim to know what would have happened to a young man in that era who came out of the closet, the narrator doesn’t even seem to consider that as an option, good or bad.


How would I feel if I were a normal person? It seemed that, for Omi, such misfortunes as failures in examinations and expulsions were the symbols of a frustrated will. And for good reason.

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The narrator would like us to believe that yuio made every decision with purpose, as part of a plan. A worn sponge was being a dutiful servant to the slapping fingers; white mist covering a bare face. I can see why this book is considered too important, and a classic, Yukio Mishima is one of the most acclaimed Japanese author, i can see why is that.

The depiction of Kochan’s attempts to hide mishoma is yet another mask – the mask of purposefulness. Throw the clear influence of Huysmans’s decadent hero Des Esseintes in there, and you end up with an intriguing recipe for a novel.

Confessions of a Mask Yukio Mishima.

Confessions Of A Mask

In the early portion of the novel, Kochan does not yet openly admit that he is attracted to men, but indeed professes that he admires masculinity and strength while having no interest in women.

He says it a lot. And indeed, we are soon treated to a lengthy exposition on the topics of desire, culture and identity.