Title: Confessions Of A Mask
Publisher: New Directions
Publication Date: 1958
Edition: 1st Edition.
New York. 1958. New Directions. 1st American Edition. Previous Owner's Penned Inscription In Front, Otherwise Very Good In Dustjacket. Translated from the Japanese by Meredith Weatherby. 255 pages. hardcover. keywords: Literature Translated Japan Asia. inventory # 11694. FROM THE PUBLISHER - Yukio Mishima’s reputation as the leading younger writer of Japan was firmly established by the publication there of CONFESSIONS OF A MASK. After ten years it is still regarded as possibly his best work and one of the most important novels to appear in post-war Japan. Despite its subject, an individual’s development toward homosexuality, despite occasional shocking details, CONFESSIONS OF A MASK is not a sensational book. Rather it is a straightforward account of youthful yearnings and loneliness, set down with such naturalness and unaffected honesty that the reader is convinced of its truth and, in fact, that the story could happen in any civilized country today. The human understanding, the sensitivity, skill and poetry the author fuses into this account raise it far above the case-history level. Here is the story of a young man who comes to hide his true identity behind a mask. As he progresses from childhood, spent largely in his grandmother’s sickroom, through adolescence at a boys’ school and at summer resorts, to young manhood and an abortive love affair with a classmate’s sister, the reader understands the mask and what lies behind it. It is a book which adds to our comprehension of human beings. Mr. Weatherby’s remarkable translation of CONFESSIONS OF A MASK has been read and admired by a number of distinguished visitors to Japan, including Donald Keene, Christopher Isherwood, Mark Schorer and Angus Wilson. Mr. Isherwood has written New Directions as follows: ‘One might say ‘Here is a Japanese Gide,’ meaning that Mishima also deals with the loneliness of an adolescent homosexual and with the agonizing falseness of his relations with women. But no, Mishima is himself-a very Japanese Mishima; lucid in the midst of emotional confusion, funny in the midst of despair, quite without pomposity, sentimentality or self-pity. His book, like no other, has made me understand a little of how it feels to be Japanese. I think it is greatly superior, as art and as human document, to his deservedly-praised novel THE SOUND OF WAVES.’. Previous Owner's Penned Inscription In Front, Otherwise Very Good In Dustjacket. Bookseller Inventory # 11694
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