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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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A homosexual in Japan may not be as willing to kick down the closet door as his or her American counterparts, but the abject horror of being utterly rejected by society is probably much less than it was. East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion. It’s probably the generic how would teen boys behave books he was reading But surely it is the secret memories, feelings, and pain of one sad little Kimitake Hiraoka. Confessions of a Mask tells the story of Kochan, an adolescent boy tormented by his burgeoning attraction to men: Take, for instance, one pivotal scene in which our nameless youth catches a glimpse of a classmate’s armpit hair during gym class.

Mishima’s protagonist discovers that he is becoming a homosexual in polite, post-war Japan.

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Why his ‘degree’ of homosexuality so fascinates his fans is ever a mystery to me. I can’t help make comparisons with the lyrics of Confessions, for that matter. That actually felt kind of sweet to me, in this old timey way.

MarsellaGeorge A. Still, it’s all mannered and slow and reflective and all the confeseions things you’d well, I’d expect from the time period and from such a complicated obsession with decorum. Mishima’s protagonist confesions that he is becoming a homosexual in a polite, post-war Japan. Even in Japan, where coming out to one’s family is still as hard as it ever was, there are gays and lesbians on television and the matter is open to discussion.


He was just too young.

Intresting because I don’t always find the author agreeable. His ideal was ‘bunbu ryodo’, the way of the pen and the sword. I’ve turned over all new leaves! Until then I had mistakenly thought I was only poetically attracted to such things, thus confusing the nature of my sensual desires with a system of esthetics.

He believed they could join only at the moment of death. Of course, his suicide by seppuku is also a good indicator that he took things way too seriously. The devil only knows what to make of it! Archived from the original ykkio At the time, like the crew of a conressions ship, they had found themselves in mawk situation where it was permissible to kill one person in order that another might live.

His sexual maturity is a sad and stunted thing.

Mishima’s peculiar construct of a life appeared ready to collapse as defeat in the war loomed; with the recognition that his life on the edge was at an end oh no it wasn’t! No Justin Bieber post-Bieber hair!

A young boy feels confused about his sexual feelings for other boys.

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Still, it’s all mannered and slow connfessions reflective and all the un-viscerally-exciting things you’d well, I’ It’s interesting how much of Mishima’s experience being a queermo in the first half of the twentieth century resonates with my experience of being a queermo like eighty confessionss later: In the end, we just have to take Kochan at his word, all the while accepting that he’s probably lying – and doing it without being aware of what he’s doing.

Confessions of a Mask Yukio Mishima.

I’m not gonna play this review like that. With that desire, he was able to relish vonfessions the act of courting a woman, yet all done from the viewpoint of someone observing himself. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. But – nothing ever happens. Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources.

Being x instead of homosexual, I didn’t have so much the lack of one or the other attraction and more the idea that Mishija may be catching guy cooties cause I stared at women’s breasts for too long, but I still remember the long gap between the erotica I was reading and the motions of crushes I was performing, including the time when I thought I liked one boy but was actually liking him and my flatmate at the same time.


New Directions Publishing Amazon. He appears to be very analytical, even from his earliest days. What did Oscar Wilde say about giving a man a mask and he’ll tell you the truth? Written under a pseudonym, Yukio Mishima, we are given what seems to be a story about a youth named Kochan.

But a man’s heart wants to speak only of its own ache. The novel that made Yukio Mishima famous: This page was last edited on 2 Novemberat I’m afraid the narrator has also read far too much Gukio. He did marry, and had two children, which would seem to indicate against it, but if, like the character in this convessions, he fought against his own or, such an arrangement could be understandable.

The naked flesh bled to the wraith of arrows and while tranquility festooned youthful fragrance, the insect stirred a storm that confesisons as cloudy-white patches filled the empty spaces. Talk about subconscious priorities. To hide his homosexuality, he courts a woman, Sonoko, but this exacerbates his feelings for men.

Difficult to relate to sometimes, beautiful and moving at others. But then another thought occurred to me: Masturbating to the vision of a young male teacher and not to the thought of a naked woman, made Kochan question the legitimate normality of his pubescence.

Confessions of a Confessios by Yukio Mishima Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. View all 23 comments. Because I don’t think HIS mask was the problem You’re nothing but a creature, non-human and somehow strangely pathetic.