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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 him
Paperback, 255 pages
Published 2000 by Kodansha Europe (first published 1949)
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“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 tra
Second reading. A portrait of the artist as a solipsistic young queen. The model is clearly Proust -- Swann's Way -- with some Gide in there too. I'm afraid the narrator's also read far too much Freud. It's a wonder then he didn't know something 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. Mishima was 24 when he published the book. You might argue that th ...more

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 Mask takes 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 see

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
Jan 24, 2013 Rowena rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Rowena by: Aki
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 ...more
Apr 09, 2011 Mariel rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: sweet and tender hooligans
Recommended to Mariel by: oh you pretty things
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.
بثينة العيسى
.. 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.

وفي معبد الفجر، كانت الطريقة التي عالج فيها جسد المرأة، مفعمة بالحسية لدرجة أن المرء لا يمكن أن يخطر له بأن هذا الكاتب .. مثليّ، وهذه نقطة لصالح ميشيما الروائي، القادر أبدا على الانسلاخ عن حقيقته والتخلق داخل أبطاله.

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'
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... والكثيرون غيرهم إلى كاتب القناع: يوكيو ميشيما. روائي وشاعر, كاتب مسرحي ومخرج أفلام.. قدير جدًا. قدّم مجموعة من الأعمال ممزوجة بكل القيم الجمالية والتقليدية. بعض أعماله إذا ماكانت جميعها تقريبًا حطّمت أكثر الحواجز الثقافية في ...more
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
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
mai ahmd
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 باليابان طفولته والأمور الغريبة التي رافقتها نتيجة لأفكاره الشاذة وكيف عاش حياة معقدة و متشابكة و كان مليئا بالتناقضات يعشق استعراض أفكاره الغريبة ويشعر بالسرور والرضى ولربما من يقرأ قصة انتحاره يرى كيف جاءت بالطريقة التي تعبر ...more
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 feelings...his

fascinations 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
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 subjectivi ...more
Chiara Pagliochini
« 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 addirittura
Never has a title been quite so fitting of a novel!
It took me far too long to complete this book, but I'm really glad I did. Any Mishima reader will know the detail and precision with which he pours into his work, and with a somewhat autobiographical novel documenting next to nothing save the human psyche of Mishima himself, I can understand it seeming an achievement to get through even one page. This begs the question: is it worth it? To which I’d answer: hell yeah.

Mishima is a Japanese author
Debbie "DJ" Wilson
What an incredible book, unlike anything I have read before. It took me awhile to read, as almost every paragraph carries the weight of a poem. This is a story of a young Japanese man discovering he is gay, set against the U.S. air war in the mid 40's. It speaks to the split that occurs in one's psyche for those who do not meet the social norms. It tears the soul in two at so many different levels. The entire book focuses on the author's inner life. All his thoughts, feelings, fantasies, and hun ...more
Aliaa Mohamed
بداية أود الاعتراف بكوني لست من النوع الميال إلى السير الذاتية وقليلاً ما أحب قراءتها وقليلاً ما تستهويني .

" اعترافات قناع " كانت من السير التي جعلتني مستمتعة للغاية أثناء قراءتها لكونها تميل إلى التشبه بالروايات الأدبية أكثر من كونها تنتمي إلى فئة السير الذاتية .

ف البداية تجد نفسك مشتت وقد تراودك فكرة التوقف عن القراءة لحين وقت آخر ولكن بتوالي الصفحات تجد نفسك منغمساً مع الكاتب ف أحداث حياته ومتأثرا بما يمر به .

أكثر ما أعجبني هو عدم خجل الكاتب من ذكر الأشياء الخاصة ف حياته وميوله الجنسية بل الع
إن كنتم قد قرأتم رواية الغريب لألبير كامو فلاشك أنكم ستذكرون السطر الأول الذي بدأ فيه كامو حكايته وغرابته إذ قال : أمي ماتت اليوم. أو ربما، بالأمس: لست أدري " هذه الحيادية الصادمة التي بدأ بها كامو تتكرر هنا على يد الكاتب الياباني يوكيو ميشيما , وعلى خلاف ما ورد على غلاف الرواية فإن الرواية لا تتحدث من قريب أو بعيد عن صعود الفاشية اليابانية التي قادت البلاد إلى الدمار , وإن كانت الأحداث تحصل في وقت صعود الفاشية .
يروي لنا ميشيما قصة فتى لم اعرف اسمه ولا اظن ان اسمه ذكر في الرواية , فتى بمشكلة لا
اول لقاء لي بالأدب الياباني و الأسيوي عموما بالتالي أول رواية أقرأها ليوكيو ميشيما ...كل ما عرفته على هذا الكاتب أنه انتحر بطريقة رومنطقية و لأني لا أحب المنتحرين لم أرغب قي قراءة المزيد عنه...و بالصدفة أقرأ له اعترافات قناع و هي سيرة ذاتية للكاتب منذ ولادته لفترة الشباب اي بعد نهاية الحرب العالمية الثانية بقليل سيرة بداها بأول رؤية له للشمس لتستمر السيرة في ضباب كثيف من نقد ذاته و محاولة فهم المحيط حوله و ايجاد مكان له وسط كل هذا الرواية جدل بين يوكيو و رغباته الجسدية و رغبة مستمية في العنف تجل ...more
Ismael Galvan
Confessions of a Mask is Yukio Mishima’s second novel which is thought to be heavily biographical and gained him recognition as brilliant young writer. The story centers on Kochan, a boy growing up in Imperial Japan during WWII. From a young age he realizes he is a homosexual yet forces himself to pass as a heterosexual in the Right-wing militaristic society. Kochan has a perverse fascination with death. From a young age he fantasizes about how he will die. As he becomes a young adult these fant ...more
Este libro fue la primera novela de Mishima y, considerando el contexto histórico en el que se publicó, creo que es muy audaz. No obstante, Los Colores Prohibidos es un libro todavía más audaz en el que Mishima presenta la homosexualidad de manera mas explícita y profunda. Creo, de hecho, que los dos libros están conectados por la estética tan corpórea de Mishima, por el fatalismo d'après guerre japonés y por la exploración del tema de la homosexualidad y la búsqueda de la identidad y la compren ...more
Unsatisfied by this. It was probably the wrong book to start Mishima with. The whiny central character talks about a mask he's been wearing ever since he can remember. Yet, he does nothing fruitful whatsoever, except for wishing that he was dead. Does he even try to find others like himself? He's 21 in 1945 in Japan, I cannot think that men preferring men were totally unheard of at that point. I could handle his guilt, his shame. What I couldn't handle was his douchiness (it should be word, if i ...more
Bought from DASA BookCafe in Bangkok, this paperback interested me once again due to it is a bit of seemingly surreal front cover as well as this brief introduction: “The publisher would be failing in his duty if he were not to warn the reader that while Mishima’s lonely masterpiece is splendidly conceived and written and paced – and not without humour – its final effect is bleak beyond words. Confessions of a Mask offers no hope. …” (p. 1) Therefore, I have since decided to try reading it once ...more
Holy shit!!! This book is about a super smart gay teenager who fantasizes about raping, killing, and eating some dumb jock in high school, and yet it gets 5 stars, and more would the programmers at goodreads let me do it. Mishima was like 21 years old when he wrote this, unfuckingbelievable!
"Sentivo l’urgenza di cominciare a vivere. Cominciare a vivere la mia vera vita? Quand’anche dovesse essere una mascherata pura e semplice e niente affatto la mia vita, era venuto ugualmente il momento in cui bisognava ch’io mi mettessi in cammino, che trascinassi i miei torbidi piedi."

Parlare di Confessioni di una maschera non è affatto semplice, per la difficoltà a distinguere il Mishima autore dal Mishima personaggio, il romanzo dall'autobiografia.

Provare a leggere questo romanzo per quello
Chin Jian xiong
There's a certain something about the Japanese aesthetic sense that gives their writing a kind of demure beauty about it. It manifests itself in prose, where the descriptions and images are vivid yet lack the overblown verbosity of the much dreaded 'purple prose'. To craft a portrait of beauty takes skill. To craft a portrait of beauty about a Japanese homosexual that is sexually attracted to images of young boys being cut open takes mad, insane skillz.

To those sickos expecting American Psycho s
This is a first person fictional narrative describing the development of the sexual identity and personality of Kochan, a homosexual male. It was written at a time when such an orientation was secret, and when open was reviled. It was written in Japan where even today revealing personal information of much less import is still off limits.

The first part is mostly interior, dealing the narrator's childhood and his pre-sexual observations. He is fascinated with the night-soil man, with art work dea
En maskes bekendelser er et helt fantastisk indblik i et andet menneskes indre. Næsten hver en linje bærer vægten af et digt - hvilket gør det umuligt som læser at forholde sig lige så objektiv til fortællingen, som Mishima forholder sig til sin egen eksistens.
um livro difícil de ler, profundamente pessoal e de certa maneira cruel. por outro lado, é doce e sublime, designadamente nos encontros com a rapariga, Sonoko. Merece, no futuro, uma segunda leitura.
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Yukio Mishima (三島 由紀夫) is the pen name of Kimitake Hiraoka (平岡 公威) 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
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“What I wanted was to die among strangers, untroubled, beneath a cloudless sky. And yet my desire differed from the sentiments of that ancient Greek who wanted to die under the brilliant sun. What I wanted was some natural, spontaneous suicide. I wanted a death like that of a fox, not yet well versed in cunning, that walks carelessly along a mountain path and is shot by a hunter because of its own stupidity…” 77 likes
“When a boy…discovers that he is more given into introspection and consciousness of self than other boys his age, he easily falls into the error of believing it is because he is more mature than they. This was certainly a mistake in my case. Rather, it was because the other boys had no such need of understanding themselves as I had: they could be their natural selves, whereas I was to play a part, a fact that would require considerable understanding and study. So it was not my maturity but my sense of uneasiness, my uncertainty that was forcing me to gain control over my consciousness. Because such consciousness was simply a steppingstone to aberration and my present thinking was nothing but uncertain and haphazard guesswork.” 32 likes
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