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
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Second reading. A portrait of the artist as a solipsistic young queen. The model is clearly Marcel Proust’s À la recherche du temps perdu, with a bit of André 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 more 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