““Yukio Mishima was one of the greatest avant-garde Japanese writers of the twentieth century.”” (Judith Thurman - New Yorker)
““We read the bloody details with wonder…such is the power of his writing.”” (Gore Vidal - The New York Review of Books)
““Confessions of a Mask follows in the spirit of Oscar Wilde’s dictum that ‘man is least himself when he talks in his own person. ‘Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.’” ” (Wired)
Yukio Mishima (1925-1970) was many people. The best known in Japan of the writers to emerge there after World War II, he was by far the most published abroad. Mishima completed his first novel the year he entered the University of Tokyo. More followed (some twenty-three, the last completed the day of his death in November, 1970), along with more than forty play, over ninety short stories, several poetry and travel volumes and hundreds of essays. Influenced by European literature, in which he was exceptionally well read, he was an interpreter to his own people of Japan's ancient virtues, to which he urged a return. He had sung on the stage, starred in and directed movies and was a noted practitioner of Japan's traditional martial arts. He seemed at the height of his career and vitality at the age of forty-five, when after a demonstration in the public interest he committed suicide by ceremonial seppuku.
Meredith Weatherby was an American publisher of Japanese texts.
This book is a casual, reflective insight into parts of his life which details his views on a wide range of topics. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Peter Hanami
Confessions of a Mask
This was a difficult novel to read. First, the author belonged to a very conservative political group and after writing a... Read more
An interesting period piece dealing with the "coming out" of a young Japanese boy/man.....in the period leading up to WWII. I found his rather violent fantasies unsettling.... Read morePublished 13 months ago by elston
Though Mr. Mishima deals with the nascent awakening of his sexual "difference" briefly in this work, it is more, ultimately, to this reader at least - a peering into the... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Aeolus
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. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Debbie Wilson
Amazing book by an incredible, hugely influential writer. All of his work is great, but this is one of my favorites.Published 20 months ago by Adam Dodd