Popular EPub, Kamen No Kokuhaku By Yukio Mishima This Is Very Good And Becomes The Main Topic To Read, The Readers Are Very Takjup And Always Take Inspiration From The Contents Of The Book Kamen No Kokuhaku , Essay By Yukio Mishima Is Now On Our Website And You Can Download It By Register What Are You Waiting For Please Read And Make A Refission For You 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 through the neighborhood Confusion of his sexuality takes shape at a very early age when he falls in love for the first time with Omi, a schoolmate There were, however, numberless impressions that I got from Omi, of infinite variety, all filled with delicate nuances In a phrase, what I did derive from him was a precise definition of the perfection of life and manhood Because of him I cannot love an intellectual person Because of him I am not attracted to a person who wears glasses Because of him I began to love strength, an impression of overflowing blood, ignorance, rough gestures, careless speech, and the savage melancholy inherent in the flesh, not tainted in anyway with intellect 64The protagonist s psychological examination of his thoughts and feelings is logically sound and vividly clear he possesses an unfaltering understanding of himself He is able to pinpoint details, causes, subconscious symbols with the accuracy of a professional psycho analyst Actually, the thought that I might reach the height of an adult filled me with a foreboding of some fearful danger On the one hand, my indefinable feeling of unrest increased my capacity for dreams divorced from all reality and, on the other, drove me toward the bad habit that caused me to take refuge in those dreams The restlessness was my excuse It was undoubtedly the sight of the hair under Omi s arms that day which made the armpit a fetish for me 82 83 Confessions of a Mask is widely considered as an autobiographically inspired novel If the sadomasochistic fantasies are truly Mishima s admission of his own feelings, he is even strongly connected with his protagonist by the latter s unyielding struggle to prove himself as special, destined for martyrdom like St.Sebastian a fate proud, tragic, transcendent Mishima s confessional pose in the guise of the protagonist is dramatic, theatrical, even feels staged as an I narrator agonizing over his perceived abnormality, he is neither apologetic nor interested in suppressing his homosexual desires By composing his supposed confessions, Mishima was completely the producer, playwright, director and actor of his own social norms , free to judge himself, and perform to the beat of his own damask drum The true essence of confession is its impossibility. Mishima himself stated that his intent was to write a perfect fictional work of confession Certainly, the novel is dramatically written a sense of Mishima teasing his reader s attention with a performance much like the masked Kabuki plays his grandmother introduced him to as a youngster, enabling him to exist, not only as a man in an easily alienating social sect, but as the brilliantly talented, ingeniously creative writer he knew he was William Shakespeare s words from As You Like It came to mind that All the world s a stage Mishima s own words sum up my perception of him that life is after all a masked play. An autobiographical novel about a boy struggling to come to terms with his sexuality in wartime Japan, Confessions of a Mask reflects on what it means to conceal desire and deviance while coming of age The novel follows Kochan, a queer male, from birth to young adulthood as he realizes and reckons with his sense of difference from most boys Influenced by the work of French modernists, the novel forgoes conventional plot and instead fictionalizes the author s personal history In precise, elevated prose, Mishima sketches Kochan s interiority with great sensitivity over the course of a few hundred pages The author narrator focuses on his childhood in the novel s first half, his teenage years in the second a failed romance with a friend s sister structures the last third of the story Disturbing sadomasochistic fantasies, art criticism, and philosophical musings recur throughout the book, and the Japanese political climate is periodically referenced but not considered at length Moving and well worth reading. Second reading A portrait of the artist as a solipsistic young queen The model is clearly Marcel Proust s la recherche du temps perdu, with a bit of Andr Gide thrown in too I m afraid the narrator has 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 This aspect of the novel seemed strange to me I am not sure why the author wanted it Mishima was 24 when he published the book You might argue that the novel is pretentious and, oh God, it is but it s also a work of burning ambition and monumental talent I do long for an alternate translation This may be na ve of me, but I find it hard to believe that a sentence as wooden as The pleasure you experience at this moment is a genuine human feeling could be anything but a failure of translation And the book is rife with such sentences So a problematic but fascinating novel, especially for those interested in the issues gays have historically faced when negotiating the straight world But not a political novel A novel of inner turmoil and a study into the nature of desire. It is crazy to think that next year we will be celebrating Confessions of a Mask s 70th birthday Mishima s queer classic, his second novel written in his early 20s and earliest currently available in English, is a coming of age story of a young boy who struggles with his queerness When Kochan happens upon a reproduction of Reni s Saint Sebastian in a book he is immediately drawn to the overt homoeroticism of the work The perfect male physique pared with the gashes and wounds of the arrows implanted within his torso act as a mirror for the novel itself For the two main themes of Confessions and quite a lot of Mishima s other works are male queerness and sadomasochism Both are explored beautifully through Mishima s unflinching prose When reading this I was somewhat taken aback by its sheer influence on the world of queer literature, particularly in the works of Edmund White I was not aware of just how much of A Boy s Own Story owns a debt to Confessions In fact nearly all major coming of age queer tales seem to eventually trace their genealogy back to Kochan.An engrossing and influential tale, Confessions of a Mask is still as fresh and shocking in 2018 as it was in 1949 It was the foundations upon which Mishima planted his immense literary legacy An essential book in the queer canon.
Yukio Mishima was born in Tokyo in 1925 He graduated from Tokyo Imperial University s School of Jurisprudence in 1947 His first published book, The Forest in Full Bloom, appeared in 1944 and he established himself as a major author with Confessions of a Mask 1949 From then until his death he continued to publish novels, short stories, and plays each year His crowning achievement, th
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- 仮面の告白 [Kamen no kokuhaku]
- Yukio Mishima
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