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Confessions of a Mask

by Yukio Mishima

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PUBLISHED: 31st August 2017
ISBN: 9780241301197
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  • Paperback
    $19.25
PUBLISHED: 31st August 2017
ISBN: 9780241301197

Publisher Description

There is in this world a kind of desire like stinging pain'

A Japanese teenager is overcome with longing for his male classmate. He imagines his body punctured with arrows, like the body of St Sebastian in the painting that obsesses him. Over and over again, each night in his private fantasies, the objects of his lust are tortured, killed and maimed. But, in the rigid world of imperial wartime Japan there is no place for such transgressive desires. He must wear a false mask and hide his true nature, whatever the cost.

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'There is in this world a kind of desire like stinging pain' A Japanese teenager is overcome with longing for his male classmate. He imagines his body punctured with arrows, like the body of St Sebastian in the painting that obsesses him. Over and over again, each night in his private fantasies, the objects of his lust are tortured, killed and maimed. But, in the rigid world of imperial wartime Japan there is no place for such transgressive desires. He must wear a false mask and hide his true nature, whatever the cost. 'A terrific and astringent work of beauty' The Times Literary Supplement 'Mishima is lucid in the midst of emotional confusion, funny in the midst of despair' Christopher Isherwood 'Never has a "confession" been freer from self-pity' Sunday Times

Author Biography

Yukio Mishima was born in 1925 in Tokyo, and is considered one of the Japan's most important writers. His books broke social boundaries and taboos at a time when Japan found itself in a state of rapid social change. His interests besides writing included body-building, acting, and practising as a Samurai. In 1970 he attempted to start a military coup, which failed. Upon realising this, Mishima performed seppuku, a ritual suicide, upon himself. He was nominated for the Nobel Prize for literature three times.

His major novels include Confessions of a Mask, Forbidden Colours (also a Penguin Modern Classic), The Temple of the Golden Pavilion, The Sailor Who Fell From Grace with the Sea and the tetralogy The Sea of Fertility- Spring Snow, Runaway Horses, The Temple of Dawn and The Decay of the Angel.

Review

A terrific and astringent work of beauty... a work of art Times Literary Supplement A writer of immense energy and ability Time Out Never has a "confession" been freer from self-pity and emotional over-indulgence Sunday Times Mishima is lucid in the midst of emotional confusion, funny in the midst of despair -- Christopher Isherwood

Review Text

Mishima is lucid in the midst of emotional confusion, funny in the midst of despair

Promotional "Headline"

The dawning of a young man's homosexual and sadistic desires.

Product Details

Author
Yukio Mishima
Pages
176
Publisher
Penguin Books Ltd
Year
2017
ISBN-10
024130119X
ISBN-13
9780241301197
Format
Paperback
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Translated from
Japanese
Media
Book
Language
English
Publication Date
2017-08-31
Series
Penguin Modern Classics
Audience
General/Trade