100% magnificent! I love that book.
Here is a brief list of people who should RUN to their local library and pick up a copy of Confessions of a Mask:
- Anyone interested in Yukio Mishima. He’s very interesting.
- Anyone interested in the history of male-male sexuality in Japan. Mishima once bragged that his book was “the first important work to deal with the topic of homosexuality in Japan since Iharu Saikaku’s Nanshoku okagami“— a book published in 1687. It sounds like a Kanye West-level boast but it’s totally true. Both works are fully part of a lineage that leads to Gengoroh Tagame and beyond.
- Anyone who’s ever felt confused by their own desires.
- Anyone whose fear of their own sexuality has made them try to be someone they’re not.
- Anyone on the infinite spectrum of queerness.