Confessions of a Mask

Confessions of a Mask Confessions of a Mask is the story of an adolescent who must learn to live with the painful fact that he is unlike other young men Mishima s protagonist discovers that he is becoming a homosexual in p

  • Title: Confessions of a Mask
  • Author: Yukio Mishima Meredith Weatherby
  • ISBN: 9780811201186
  • Page: 481
  • Format: Paperback
  • Confessions of a Mask is the story of an adolescent who must learn to live with the painful fact that he is unlike other young men Mishima s protagonist discovers that he is becoming a homosexual in polite, post war Japan To survive, he must live behind a mask of propriety.Christopher Isherwood comments One might say, Here is a Japanese Gide,.But no, Mishima is himConfessions of a Mask is the story of an adolescent who must learn to live with the painful fact that he is unlike other young men Mishima s protagonist discovers that he is becoming a homosexual in polite, post war Japan To survive, he must live behind a mask of propriety.Christopher Isherwood comments One might say, Here is a Japanese Gide,.But no, Mishima is himself a very Japanese Mishima lucid in the midst of emotional confusion, funny in the midst of despair, quite without pomposity, sentimentality or self pity His book, like no other, has made me understand a little of how it feels to be Japanese I think it is greatly superior, as art and as a human document to his deservedly praised novel, The Sound of Waves.

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    • Yukio Mishima Meredith Weatherby

      Yukio Mishima is the pen name of Kimitake Hiraoka who was a Japanese author, poet and playwright, famous for both his highly notable post war writings and the circumstances of his ritual suicide by seppuku Mishima wrote 40 novels, 18 plays, 20 books of short stories, and at least 20 books of essays, one libretto, as well as one film A large portion of this oeuvre comprises books written quickly for profit, but even if these are disregarded, a substantial body of work remains.He was recognized as one of the most important post war stylists of the Japanese language.

    994 thoughts on “Confessions of a Mask

    • Second reading. A portrait of the artist as a solipsistic young queen. The model is clearly Marcel Proust's À la recherche du temps perdu, with a bit ofAndré Gide thrown in too. I'm afraid the narrator has also read far too much Freud. It's a wonder then he didn't know something more about the concept of projection. For the early memories "recounted" here, those of a child three or four years old, are clearly imbued with the erotic sensibility of an experienced adult. This aspect of the novel [...]

    • “What we call evil is the instability inherent in all mankind which drives man outside and beyond himself toward an unfathomable something, exactly as though nature had bequeathed to our souls an ineradicable portion of instability from her store of ancient chaos.”- Stephan Zweig.The air grew heavier as the blood soared; the sensuality insect crawled with an unprecedented ardor blinding the intoxication that arose from a monstrous swell. The naked flesh bled to the wraith of arrows and while [...]

    • A book can be a doorway into another human heart -that is the power of reading. The price of entry however is sometimes high - what we find can be so disturbing that we question if we really want to go there, even for a visit.Confessions of a Masktakes us to some dark places. We all have masks, of course. Living without any form of protection would be living with an open skin. But our masks are usually light, easily taken off or exchanged as need be.This mask is made of stone.The title seems to [...]

    • Confession, as a word, has a strong connotation – prelude to its utterance is a hesitation, and that hesitation alone, is sufficient to engulf the confession-maker with an odour that reeks of both delay and guilt.But Mishima’s protagonist can take the liberty, because he is behind a mask. His frail body that fails him in school, denigrating his boyish flavour to a handful of jokes, holds up its masculine remnants at nights, because he is behind a mask. His impressionable juvenile mind that r [...]

    • Saint Sebastian, Guido Reni"The black and slightly oblique trunk of the tree of execution was seen against a Titian-like background of gloomy forest and evening sky, sombre and distant. A remarkably handsome youth was bound naked to the trunk of the tree. His crossed hands were raised high, and the thongs binding his wrists were tied to the tree. No other bonds were visible, and the only covering for the youth’s nakedness was a coarse white cloth knotted loosely about his loins. . The arrows h [...]

    • Confessions of a Mask (1949) rocketed Yukio Mishima to the literary prominence he so desperately sought as a struggling modern writer. The novel explores the obsessions of a young man suffering inwardly with erotic fantasies of men, beauty and violence. He strains to conform to a heterosexual life while secretly idolizing depictions of St. 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 throug [...]

    • What a great book! Mishima did a great job of depicting the story of a Japanese adolescent in Japanese society realizing that he is gay and thus having to wear a mask to hide his true self. There is so much mental confusion going through the protagonist's head, a great psychological account not only of teen angst but also of realizing you're different in a society that doesn't understand you. I've read quite a bit on Yukio Mishima and he seems to have been an interesting,intelligent and complex [...]

    • لم يخطر ببالي بأن ميشيما يمكن أن يكون مثلياً.أقول ذلك لأنني كنتُ قد قرأت الرواية الثالثة من رباعية بحر الخصب " معبد الفجر " قبل أن أقرأ " اعترافات قناع"، سيرته التي امتدت منذ فترة الحرب وحتى العشرينات من عمره، والتي تتمسرح أثناء فترة الحرب العالمية الثانية التي خاضتها اليابان. [...]

    • Mishima'yı anlayabilmek için ne yazdıysa hepsini okumak gerekiyor bana göre. Zira koskocaman bir resmin ufak parçaları olarak görüyorum ben eserlerini. 'Bir Maskenin İtirafları'nı da o resmin merkezinde konumlanan, sonrasında yazdığı her şeye 'ondan' bir bakış atılmasına imkan sağlayan özel bir anlatı olarak kabul ediyorum. Bu yüzden üçüncü kez okudum. Mishima okuması yapacaksanız, sağlam bir zemin atmak için, bu kitabı ilk sıralara koymanızı tavsiye ederim.İ [...]

    • The publisher's page quotes a passage from Dostoevski's The Brothers Karamazov: "Beauty is a terrible and awful thing! It is terrible because it never has and never can be fathomed, for God sets us nothing but riddles. Within beauty both shores meet and all contradictions exist side by side. I'm not a cultivated man, brother, but I've thought a lot about this. Truly there are mysteries without end! Too many riddles weigh man down on earth. We guess them as we can, and come out of the water dry. [...]

    • No había podido terminar esta novela la primera vez que la leí, pero ahora, en una especie de re-lectura, me atreví a circundar nuevamente en esos espacios de infancia, adolescencia e incipiente adultez que relata Koo-Chan, el narrador-protagonista de Confesiones de una máscara, como en una especie de evocación de su pasado.Esta evocación se torna interesante principalmente porque no se trata de recordar con nostalgia lo vivido, sino de auto-leerse para entender el presente. Es un recuerdo [...]

    • Bereket Denizi Serisinden sonra itiraflara tekrar dönecek ve yorumumu 2. Okumadan sonra yapacağım.

    • Mishima's attempt at portrayal of homosexuality gives only mix tesults. The generalisations made about himsexuals makes one want to throw the book. If you can ignore those couple of sentences though, it is an intresting portrayal of psychology of a a homosexual person living in a society where homosexuals are not supposed to exist. Intresting because I don't always find the author agreeable.The segregation of sexes that is made in schools and colleges and jails is probably made with aim of keepi [...]

    • 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 years later: the unintentional denial, the mopeyness, the obsession, the self-consciousness, y'know. He put a bunch of stuff into words that I'd never even thought about *trying* to put into words. So yeah, that blew my mind.Still, it's all mannered and slow and reflective and all the un-viscerally-exciting things you'd (well, I' [...]

    • Yukio Mishima's Confessions of a Mask is of a particular species of literature, one that—despite encompassing such venerable works as Dostoyevsky's Notes From the Underground and André Breton's Nadja—is no longer in vogue. For the sake of a name, we might dub this species "the subjective novel," insofar as it tends to neglect the furtherance of story or plot in favour of charting out an intricate and scrupulously characterized first-person subjectivity. In the case of Confessions, the subje [...]

    • 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 [a]esthetics.I can't imagine 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. Either you've actively wrestled with a component of your sexual/gendered/etc identity that has been/is/will be a some point in history a sign of the outcast, or y [...]

    • this novel is unusual ,shocking ,very strange.i feel sympathy for this tragic protagonist Kochan and all his mixed feelings and struggle against himself,and his own emotions being torned between his desire to be straight and his true feelingshisfascinations and fantasies of death ,his self confidence that seems nearly in existent because of his naturally weak body .his Questionable love to Sonoko ,he being Jealous from her that she could have such pure and true love that he simply cant give to a [...]

    • I read Confessions of a Mask simultaneously with Mishima: A Biography. Reading the two books dually allowed me to have a deeper insight into Mishima's life.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.The book poignantly describes in detail his attraction to other men, in particular the philistine types, unlike [...]

    • يعجبني الأدب الياباني, وجدت فيه ضّالة ذاتيّة. قويّ جدًا, يستند على تقاليد عريقة. كما أن الأفكار الغربية بحداثتها أثرت فيه بشكل إيجابي. حتّى الكلاسيكية الصينية القديمة أسهمت في ذلك. من هايكو ورنغا في الشعر إلى شوساكو إندو, وموراساكي شيكيو, موراكامي, هيداكي سينا, آبي أكيرا والكث [...]

    • كان هذا الكتاب هو بوابة الدخول إلى عالم هذا الكاتب الجميل ميشيما وبعدها حرصت كل الحرص على أن اشتري كل ما ترجم له للعربية قرأت هذا الكتاب بدهشة كبيرة رافقتني حتى النهاية في الكتاب سيرة الكاتب في الفترة التي سبقت الحرب العالمية الثانية ثم فترة الحرب، وأخيرا الهزيمة التي لحقت ب [...]

    • قراءة ثانية بعد أربع سنوات ربما يستغرب البعض من الاعترافات التي صرح بها الكاتب، عن طفولته، خياله، شذوذه، ولكن لو كلاً منا صارح نفسه بالافكار التي تراوده، لاعتبر أن هذه الافكار طبيعية جدا.اعجبتني قدرة الكاتب على فهم ذاته وصراعه الداخلي، ومحاولته البحث عن اجابة_____________يوكيو م [...]

    • From what I can tell, Yukio Mishima was not a very happy man.Granted, the only works that I have read of this very prolific author are this and Kinkakuji, but I'm seeing a pattern already, and it doesn't point towards Mishima being a cheerful, laid-back guy. Of course, his suicide by seppuku is also a good indicator that he took things way too seriously.Published in 1948, Confessions of a Mask addresses a subject that would have been taboo anywhere, not just Japan. The main character, whose name [...]

    • What we have here is a classic Japanese ‘I’ novel that has been taken as autobiography and gospel by Mishima fetishists. As with Vollmann, it seems like readers want to hang their heroic (or anti-heroic) baggage around the author’s neck and praise or damn him for the actions of his characters. Big mistake. As with WTV, we must assume that Mishima’s Mask begins from a place of truth and fictionalizes from there. As the facts of his clandestine actions rolled off his hunky shoulders along [...]

    • ارتدى الكاتب قناع شخصية في رواية وتحدث عن مكونات اعمق تربة في نفسهمن الصعب جدا ان يجد قارئ مثل هذه الرواية لانها تتحدث عن بعض الافكار الغريبة وفي وجهة نظري اشكال من الخلل النفسي في بعض الثنايا مع شخصية عندها قدرة قوية على التعبير وفي كتاب مجهز امام عينيه ما عليه سوى ان يقراتخ [...]

    • « Quali sentimenti proverei se fossi un altro ragazzo? Quali sentimenti proverei se fossi una persona normale? Fui ossessionato da queste domande. Mi torturarono, distruggendo istantaneamente e radicalmente persino quell’unico frammento di felicità che avevo creduto di possedere per certo. A lungo andare la “recita” è diventata una parte integrante della mia natura, riconobbi fra me. Non è più una recita. La consapevolezza con cui continuo a camuffarmi da individuo normale ha corroso [...]

    • This is an earlier and much more auto-biographical book than the other Mishima I've read, and you can see here the themes that obsessed him so much in almost all of his later writing: the conflicts with his sexuality, his all-consuming obsession with dying and death, his sense of himself as a deformed outsider, 'hiding' in plain site.Reading this as a gay guy who was in almost total denial about his sexuality into his mid 20's, there are parts of this that, even across generations and intense cu [...]

    • Mishima knits the complexities and tensions of the narrator together until, tying off knot after knot, you feel his prison yourself. From end to end the emotions he suffers are made beautifully clear.I do wonder if Mishima had read Dazai's No Longer Human, which came out the year before, as there are some strong similarities between the way each narrator describes his life.You know when you read or watch something that's so good you immediately throw yourself into the rest of what that creator h [...]

    • Bu aralar Asya tarafından gidiyorum, Kenzaburo Oe'den sonra Mişima'yı okudum. Bir Maskenin İtrafları'nı da çok beğendiğimi söyleyebilirim. Mişima kendi hayatından yola çıkarak yazmış, salt otobiyografi değil sanırım. Öncelikle bence, gerçekleri gizleyen ve yalan söylemeyen romancı olamaz. Yani hem kendine ve biz okurlarına karşı dürüst olmalı, kendini tanımak için iyi bir çaba harcamalı, hem de yalanı -yani kurguyu, doğru şekilde metnin içine yerleştirmeli. [...]

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