Confessions of a Mask

Mishima, Yukio

| 1958

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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 Mishima's own coming of age in post-war Japan. Its publication in English--praised by Gore Vidal, James Baldwin, and Christopher Isherwood-- propelled the young Yukio Mishima to international fame.

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Emanuel S

2019-09-14

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Som vanligt med Mishima: ett fantastiskt människoporträtt situerat i en intressant samhällelig kontext. Boken vinner mycket på den biografiska läsning av Mishimas person, som framträder tydligt genom huvudpersonen. Det är verkligen en demaskering av Mishima själv vi erfar i denna brutalt ärliga roman.