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Confessions of a Mask
Confessions of a Mask

Confessions of a Mask

Peter Owen Cased Classics


256 Pages, 5 x 7.75

Formats: Cloth

Cloth, $19.95 (US $19.95) (CA $26.95)

Publication Date: April 2021

ISBN 9780720620122

Rights: US & CA

Peter Owen Publishers (Apr 2021)

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Yukio Mishima's classic work, Confessions of a Mask, in a new edition featuring a trompe-l'œil die-cut dust jackets, over the work of British contemporary artist Fraser Taylor

Confessions of a Mask tells the story of a Japanese boy's development towards a homosexual identity during and after the Second World War. In narrating his progress from an isolated childhood through adolescence to manhood, he exposes his inner life, full of repressed homosexual desires and preoccupations with sadomasochism and death. The enduring power of the novel is in part owing to its themes of fantasy, despair, and alienation, its eloquent voice, but also its autobiographical nature —the equally enduring fascination with the life and character of one of Japan's most turbulent artists. As part of the new Peter Owen Cased Classics series, this special hardback edition carries an elegant dust jacket with a false die-cutting of a mask, while printed on the cover board is the work of British contemporary artist Fraser Taylor.


"A terrific and astringent beauty . . . a work of art." —Times Literary Supplement "Mishima is lucid in the midst of emotional confusion, funny in the midst of despair. His book has made me understand how it feels to be Japanese." —Christopher Isherwood "Never has a "confession" been freer from self-pity or over-indulgence." —Sunday Times

Author Biography

Yukio Mishima (1925-1970) was a significant cultural figure in postwar Japan. A prolific novelist, poet, and dramatist, his work helped establish Japanese literature in the West, particularly The Sea of Fertility tetralogy, and novels such as The Sailor Who Fell From Grace, The Temple of the Golden Pavilion, and Confessions of a Mask. During his lifetime, Mishima courted controversy for his political views. In 1970, following a failed coup d'etat, Mishima publicly committed seppuku, ritual suicide by disembowelment. Meredith Weatherby (1915–1997) was an American publisher and translator. He spent a large part of his life in Japan and is known in particular for his English translations of the literary works by Yukio Mishima.