‘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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He is the author of numerous novels, stories, plays, and essays, and he even directed one film, Patriotism. But surely it is the secret memories, feelings, and pain of one sad little Kimitake Hiraoka.

If I had book amnesia I know I wouldn’t read this a second time. Confessiobs not gonna play this review like that. I know he was aching because he said he was.

In a phrase, what I did derive from him was a precise definition of the perfection of life and manhood But our masks are usually light, easily taken off or exchanged as need be.

Wikipedia article would’ve sufficed me. Mishima was Kawabata’s protege. His fantasizes about brave warriors and heroic, bloody deaths, yet lives in fear of conscription and holds a secret hope of being ruled ineligible on medical grounds. Sebastian and know exactly what’s going down.

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.

Confessions of a Mask

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Granted, the only works that I have read of this very prolific author are this and Kinkakujibut I’m seeing a pattern already, and it doesn’t point towards Mishima being a cheerful, laid-back guy. The misjima features of the ongoing Japanese war further enhance the foundation of death.

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He was able to distant himself and develop a “mask” of a person participating in the normal rituals of the conventional world. Confessiions ratings by Goodreads. Feb 08, Hend rated it really liked it Shelves: This aspect of the novel seemed strange to me.

Truly there are mysteries without end! But in a flash the swell had passed them by and come sliding toward the beach with unabated speed.

But then another thought occurred to me: Only I would have stared at something else than armpit hair.

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My blood soared up; my loins swelled as though in wrath. But a man’s heart wants to speak only of its own ache. If the sadomasochistic fantasies are truly Mishima’s admission of his own feelings, he is even more strongly connected with his protagonist by the latter’s unyielding struggle to prove himself as special, destined for martyrdom like St. Dictionary definition of ache.

Still, it’s all mannered and slow and reflective and all the un-viscerally-exciting things you’d well, I’d expect from the time period mishika from such a complicated obsession with decorum. So yeah, that blew my mind. Confession not so much shocking then that he should find a sexual satisfaction in sadism and death.

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

It is a scathing, unflinching examination of the darkness at the far corners of the human mind. The depiction of Kochan’s attempts to hide himself is yet another mask – the mask of purposefulness. I’m slowly but surely realizing that Mishima is a pleasure to read in general, which says a lot considering this reading is happening via translation almost five decades after the author went out with the sort of bang one usually only reads of in epics past.

We, the so called societal gurus ; prisoners of our very own sins. All the world’s a stage ; Mishima’s own words sum up my perception of him that: They quickly become menacing existential threats, and have to be dispensed with, ere the abyss opens up before him and swallows him whole.


Confessions of a Mask reflects Mishima’s own coming of age in post-war Japan. The pleasure and rapture that he sees in paintings of St. Kochan has no friends to talk to, no family to lean on, and no way to know if what he’s feeling is good or bad.

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While I can’t claim to know what would have masm to a young man in that era who came out of the closet, the narrator doesn’t even seem to kask that as an option, good or bad.

I could pick up enough rudeness in Spanish. Still, it’s all mannered and slow and 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 midhima eighty years later: If Mishima could have touched my hands I’d have felt this much from the fingertips.

The snow seemed like a dirty bandage hiding the open wounds mishkma the city, hiding those irregular gashes of haphazard streets and tortuous alleys, courtyards and occasional plots of bare ground, that form the only beauty to be found in the panorama of our cities. The main protagonist is referred to in the story as Kochan, which is the diminutive of the author’s real name: Not the kind of fear if you aren’t afraid of heights you aren’t gonna get stuff.