Author(s): Mishima Yukio. Meredith Weatherby (TRN)
Beautiful cased edition of this classic novel.
Regarded as Yukio Mishima’s finest book, Confessions of a Mask is the story of a Japanese boy’s development towards a homosexual identity during and after the Second World War. In narrating his progress from an isolated childhood through adolescence to manhood, he exposes his inner life, full of repressed homosexual desires and preoccupations with sadomasochism and death. The enduring power of the novel is in part owing to its themes of fantasy, despair, and alienation, its eloquent voice and its autobiographical nature — the equally enduring fascination with the life and character of one of Japan’s most turbulent artists.
‘Mishima is lucid in the midst of emotional confusion, funny in the midst of despair. His book has made me understand how it feels to be Japanese.’ – Christopher Isherwood
‘A terrific and astringent beauty . . . a work of art.’ – Times Literary Supplement
'Mishima is lucid in the midst of emotional confusion, funny in the midst of despair. His book has made me understand how it feels to be Japanese.' - Christopher Isherwood; 'A terrific and astringent beauty ... a work of art.' - Times Literary Supplement
YUKIO MISHIMA (1925-1970) was a significant cultural figure in postwar Japan. A prolific novelist, poet and dramatist, his work helped establish Japanese literature in the West. During his lifetime, Mishima courted controversy for his political views. In 1970, following a failed coup d'etat, Mishima publicly committed seppuku, ritual suicide by disembowelment.