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Confessions Of A Mask by Yukio Mishima

Title Confessions of a Mask
Author Yukio Mishima
Publisher New Directions Publishing
Release Date 1958
Category Fiction
Total Pages 255
ISBN 081120118X
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

When a Japanese youth discovers he has homosexual tendencies he hides himself behind conventional behavior

Confessions Of A Mask by Yukio Mishima

Title Confessions of a Mask
Author Yukio Mishima
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 2017-09-28
Category Gays
Total Pages 251
ISBN 0720620074
Language English, Spanish, and French
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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 and its autobiographical nature - the equally enduring fascination with the life and character of one of Japan's most turbulent artists.

Confessions Of A Mask by Yukio Mishima

Title Confessions of a Mask
Author Yukio Mishima
Publisher Peter Owen Cased Classics
Release Date 2021-04
Category Fiction
Total Pages 256
ISBN 0720620120
Language English, Spanish, and French
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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.

Star by Yukio Mishima

Title Star
Author Yukio Mishima
Publisher New Directions Publishing
Release Date 2019-04-30
Category Fiction
Total Pages 80
ISBN 9780811228435
Language English, Spanish, and French
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For the first time in English, a glittering novella about stardom from “one of the greatest avant-garde Japanese writers of the twentieth century” (Judith Thurman, The New Yorker) All eyes are on Rikio. And he likes it, mostly. His fans cheer, screaming and yelling to attract his attention—they would kill for a moment alone with him. Finally the director sets up the shot, the camera begins to roll, someone yells “action”; Rikio, for a moment, transforms into another being, a hardened young yakuza, but as soon as the shot is finished, he slumps back into his own anxieties and obsessions. Being a star, constantly performing, being watched and scrutinized as if under a microscope, is often a drag. But so is life. Written shortly after Yukio Mishima himself had acted in the film “Afraid to Die,” this novella is a rich and unflinching psychological portrait of a celebrity coming apart at the seams. With exquisite, vivid prose, Star begs the question: is there any escape from how we are seen by others?

Thirst For Love by Yukio Mishima

Title Thirst for Love
Author Yukio Mishima
Publisher Vintage
Release Date 1999
Category Fiction
Total Pages 200
ISBN 9780375705076
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

Etsuko, a young widow living in postwar Osaka, Japan, falls prey to the sexual advances of her father-in-law and becomes the victim of her compulsion to both love and hurt a young farm worker. Reprint. 15,000 first printing.

Persona by Naoki Inose

Title Persona
Author Naoki Inose
Publisher Stone Bridge Press
Release Date 2013-01-01
Category Biography & Autobiography
Total Pages 864
ISBN 9781611720082
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Traces the life of the Japanese author who went from sickly youth to dedicated student of the martial arts, looking at his family life, the wartime years, and his career as a writer who advocated for traditional values.

Title Confessions of a Sociopath
Author M.E. Thomas
Publisher Crown
Release Date 2013-05-14
Category Biography & Autobiography
Total Pages 336
ISBN 9780307956668
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The memoir of a high-functioning, law-abiding (well, mostly) sociopath and a roadmap—right from the source—for dealing with the sociopath in your life. As M.E. Thomas says of her fellow sociopaths, “We are your neighbors, your coworkers, and quite possibly the people closest to you: lovers, family, friends. Our risk-seeking behavior and general fearlessness are thrilling, our glibness and charm alluring. Our often quick wit and outside-the-box thinking make us appear intelligent—even brilliant. We climb the corporate ladder faster than the rest, and appear to have limitless self-confidence. Who are we? We are highly successful, noncriminal sociopaths and we comprise 4 percent of the American population.” Confessions of a Sociopath—part confessional memoir, part primer for the curious—takes readers on a journey into the mind of a sociopath, revealing what makes them tick while debunking myths about sociopathy and offering a road map for dealing with the sociopaths in your life. M. E. Thomas draws from her own experiences as a diagnosed sociopath; her popular blog, Sociopathworld; and scientific literature to unveil for the very first time these men and women who are “hiding in plain sight.”

The Ice Palace by Tarjei Vesaas

Title The Ice Palace
Author Tarjei Vesaas
Publisher Penguin UK
Release Date 2018-01-25
Category Fiction
Total Pages 144
ISBN 9780241321249
Language English, Spanish, and French
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'How simple this novel is. How subtle. How strong. How unlike any other. It is unique. It is unforgettable. It is extraordinary' Doris Lessing 'I'm surprised it isn't the most famous book in the world' Max Porter, author of Grief is the Thing with Feathers 'She was close to the edge now: the ice laid its hand upon her' The schoolchildren call it the Ice Palace: a frozen waterfall in the Norwegian fjords transformed into a fantastic structure of translucent walls, sparkling towers and secret chambers. It fascinates two young girls, lonely Unn and lively Siss, who strike up an intense friendship. When Unn decides to explore the Ice Palace alone and doesn't return, Siss must try to cope with the loss of her friend without succumbing to a frozen world of her own making.

The Confessions Of Max Tivoli by Andrew Sean Greer

Title The Confessions of Max Tivoli
Author Andrew Sean Greer
Publisher Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Release Date 2007-04-01
Category Fiction
Total Pages 288
ISBN 0374706301
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Today Show Book Club Pick An extraordinarily haunting love story told in the voice of a man who appears to age backwards We are each the love of someone's life. So begins The Confessions of Max Tivoli, a heartbreaking love story with a narrator like no other. At his birth, Max's father declares him a "nisse," a creature of Danish myth, as his baby son has the external physical appearance of an old, dying creature. Max grows older like any child, but his physical age appears to go backward--on the outside a very old man, but inside still a fearful child. The story is told in three acts. First, young Max falls in love with a neighborhood girl, Alice, who ages as normally as any of us. Max, of course, does not; as a young man, he has an older man's body. But his curse is also his blessing: as he gets older, his body grows younger, so each successive time he finds his Alice, she does not recognize him. She takes him for a stranger, and Max is given another chance at love. Set against the historical backdrop of San Francisco at the turn of the twentieth century, Max's life and confessions question the very nature of time, of appearance and reality, and of love itself. A beautiful and daring feat of the imagination, Andrew Sean Greer's The Confessions of Max Tivoli reveals the world through the eyes of a "monster," a being who confounds the very certainties by which we live and in doing so embodies in extremis what it means to be human.

Title Gay Men s Literature in the Twentieth Century
Author Mark Lilly
Publisher NYU Press
Release Date 1993-11-01
Category Health & Fitness
Total Pages 233
ISBN 9780814750810
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

In gay men's writing, tenderness lies side by side with rage; existential rejection of convention rubs shoulders with sexual hedonism. Beginning with Wilde's and Byron's existentialist outlaw, the theme of social rebellion, and the fight against conformity, form a common link among the literary works of the twentieth century. But mainstream academic criticism has shown itself for the most part incapable of engaging gay work without distorting or ignoring its most central features.

Title The Life and Death of Yukio Mishima
Author Henry Scott Stokes
Publisher Cooper Square Press
Release Date 2000-08-08
Category Biography & Autobiography
Total Pages 352
ISBN 9781461624226
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

Novelist, playwright, film actor, martial artist, and political commentator, Yukio Mishima (1925-1970) was arguably the most famous person in Japan at the time of his death. Henry Scott Stokes, one of Mishima's closest friends, was the only non-Japanese allowed to attend the trial of the men involved in Mishima's spectacular suicide. In this insightful and empathetic look at the writer, Stokes guides the reader through the milestones of Mishima's meteoric and eclectic career and delves into the artist's major works and themes. This biography skillfully and compassionately illuminates the achievements and disquieting ideas of a brilliant and deeply troubled man, an artist of whom Nobel Laureate Yasunari Kawabata had said, "A writer of Mishima's caliber comes along only once every two or three hundred years."

After The Banquet by Yukio Mishima

Title After the Banquet
Author Yukio Mishima
Publisher Vintage
Release Date 1999
Category Fiction
Total Pages 270
ISBN 9780375705151
Language English, Spanish, and French
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A Japanese nightclub owner, Kazu becomes infatuated with one of her clients, an autocratic and puritanical political leader. Reprint. 15,000 first printing.

Title Metamorphoses
Author Ovid
Publisher Indiana University Press
Release Date 2018-04-13
Category Literary Criticism
Total Pages 532
ISBN 9780253034496
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Ovid’s Metamorphoses is one of the most influential works of Western literature, inspiring artists and writers from Titian to Shakespeare to Salman Rushdie. These are some of the most famous Roman myths as you’ve never read them before—sensuous, dangerously witty, audacious—from the fall of Troy to birth of the minotaur, and many others that only appear in the Metamorphoses. Connected together by the immutable laws of change and metamorphosis, the myths tell the story of the world from its creation up to the transformation of Julius Caesar from man into god. In the ten-beat, unrhymed lines of this now-legendary and widely praised translation, Rolfe Humphries captures the spirit of Ovid’s swift and conversational language, bringing the wit and sophistication of the Roman poet to modern readers. This special annotated edition includes new, comprehensive commentary and notes by Joseph D. Reed, Professor of Classics and Comparative Literature at Brown University.

Title True Confessions of a Heartless Girl
Author Martha Brooks
Publisher Groundwood Books Ltd
Release Date 2003
Category City and town life
Total Pages 210
ISBN 9780888995698
Language English, Spanish, and French
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"Noreen flees from her life - arriving in a small town pregnant, driving a stolen truck, and in possession of stolen money. Can she face the truth and find courage to accept change" Cf. Our choice, 2003.

Title The Temple Of The Golden Pavilion
Author Yukio Mishima
Publisher Random House
Release Date 2010-02-23
Category Fiction
Total Pages 256
ISBN 9781407053882
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Because of the boyhood trauma of seeing his mother make love to another man in the presence of his dying father, Mizoguchi becomes a hopeless stutterer. Taunted by his schoolmates, he feels utterly alone untill he becomes an acolyte at a famous temple in Kyoto, where he develops an all-consuming obsession with the temple's beauty. This powerful story of dedication and sacrifice brings together Mishima's preoccupations with violence, desire, religion and national history to dazzling effect.

Title The Face of Another
Author Kobo Abe
Publisher Vintage
Release Date 1966
Category Fiction
Total Pages 237
ISBN 9780375726538
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Horribly disfigured in an accidental lab explosion and rejected by and alienated from the rest of society, a scientist develops a perfect mask, one that provides a new identity that even his wife cannot penetrate. Reprint.

Title The Sailor who Fell from Grace with the Sea
Author Yukio Mishima
Publisher Random House
Release Date 2010-01-26
Category Fiction
Total Pages 144
ISBN 9781407054117
Language English, Spanish, and French
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A band of savage thirteen-year-old boys reject the adult world as illusory, hypocritical, and sentimental, and train themselves in a brutal callousness they call 'objectivity'. When the mother of one of them begins an affair with a ship's officer, he and his friends idealise the man at first; but it is not long before they conclude that he is in fact soft and romantic. They regard this disallusionment as an act of betrayal on his part - and the retribution is deliberate and horrifying.

Confessions Of The Fox by Jordy Rosenberg

Title Confessions of the Fox
Author Jordy Rosenberg
Publisher One World/Ballantine
Release Date 2019-03-05
Category Fiction
Total Pages 352
ISBN 9780399592287
Language English, Spanish, and French
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A New York Times Editors' Choice: "A mind-bending romp through a gender-fluid, eighteenth century London . . . a joyous mash-up of literary genres shot through with queer theory and awash in sex, crime, and revolution." NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The New Yorker * HuffPost * Kirkus Reviews * Shortlisted for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize * "A dazzling tale of queer romance and resistance."--Time Jack Sheppard and Edgeworth Bess were the most notorious thieves, jailbreakers, and lovers of eighteenth-century London. Yet no one knows the true story; their confessions have never been found. Until now. Reeling from heartbreak, a scholar named Dr. Voth discovers a long-lost manuscript--a gender-defying exposé of Jack and Bess's adventures. Is Confessions of the Fox an authentic autobiography or a hoax? As Dr. Voth is drawn deeper into Jack and Bess's tale of underworld resistance and gender transformation, it becomes clear that their fates are intertwined--and only a miracle will save them all. Writing with the narrative mastery of Sarah Waters and the playful imagination of Nabokov, Jordy Rosenberg is an audacious storyteller of extraordinary talent. Praise for Confessions of the Fox "A cunning metafiction of vulpine versatility . . . an action-adventure tale with postmodern flourishes; an academic comedy spliced with period erotica; an intimate meditation on belonging."--Katy Waldman, The New Yorker "Confessions of the Fox is so goddamned good. Reading it was like an out-of-body experience. I want to run through the streets screaming about it. It should be in the personal canon of every queer and non-cis person. Read it."--Carmen Maria Machado, National Book Award finalist for Her Body and Other Parties "A hat tip to Moby-Dick . . . a running footnote hall of mirrors to rival Borges . . . one of the most trenchant calls for progressive action that I have read in a very long time."--The New York Times Book Review "An ambitious work of metafiction, a sexy queer love story . . . a bold first novel."--Entertainment Weekly

Title My Friend Hitler and Other Plays of Yukio Mishima
Author Yukio Mishima
Publisher Columbia University Press
Release Date 2002
Category Literary Criticism
Total Pages 316
ISBN 0231126336
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

Acclaimed Japanese novelist Yukio Mishima (1925--1970) was also a prolific playwright, penning more than sixty plays, nearly all of which were produced in his lifetime. Hiroaki Sato is the first to translate these plays into English. For this collection he has selected five major plays and three essays Mishima wrote about drama. The title play is a satire that follows the breakdown of friendship between Adolf Hitler and two Nazi officials who were ultimately assassinated under orders from Hitler.

Title The Confessions of Saint Augustine
Author Augustine
Publisher Modern Library
Release Date 2000-11-01
Category Biography & Autobiography
Total Pages 400
ISBN 9780679641940
Language English, Spanish, and French
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'The reader who has never met Augustine before ought to go first of all to the Confessions,' reflected the Trappist monk and scholar Thomas Merton. 'Augustine lived the theology that he wrote. . . . He experienced the reality of Christ living in his own soul.' Saint Augustine, the celebrated theologian who served as Bishop of Hippo from A.D. 396 until his death in A.D. 430, is widely regarded as one of the most influential thinkers in the Western world. Written in the form of a long prayer addressed directly to God, Augustine's Confessions, the remarkable chronicle of his conversion to Christianity, endures as the greatest spiritual autobiography of all time. 'Augustine possessed a strong, capacious, argumentative mind,' wrote Edward Gibbon. 'He boldly sounded the dark abyss of grace, predestination, free-will, and original sin.' And the eminent historian Jaroslav Pelikan remarked: 'There has, quite literally, been no century of the sixteen centuries since the conversion of Augustine in which he has not been a major intellectual, spiritual, and cultural force.'