Confessions of a Mask

By | November 30, 2017
Confessions of a Mask Author Yukio Mishima
ISBN-10 081120118X
ISBN-13 9780811201186
Year 1958-01-17
Pages 256
Language English
Publisher New Directions
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The story of a man coming to terms with his homosexuality in traditional Japanese society has become a modern classic Confessions of a Mask tells the story of Kochan an adolescent boy tormented by his burgeoning attraction to men he wants to be normal Kochan is meek bodied and unable to participate in the more athletic activities of his classmates He begins to notice his growing attraction to some of the boys in his class particularly the pubescent body of his friend Omi To hide his homosexuality he courts a woman Sonoko but this exacerbates his feelings for men As news of the War reaches Tokyo Kochan considers the fate of Japan and his place within its deeply rooted propriety Confessions of a Mask reflects Mishimas own coming of age in post war Japan Its publication in Englishpraised by Gore Vidal James Baldwin and Christopher Isherwood propelled the young Yukio Mishima to international fame

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