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Confessions of a Mask

Confessions of a Mask
Author: Yukio Mishima
Publisher: New Directions Publishing
Total Pages: 260
Release: 1958
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 9780811201186

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The story of a man coming to terms with his homosexuality in traditional Japanese society has become a modern classic.


Star

Star
Author: Yukio Mishima
Publisher: New Directions Publishing
Total Pages: 80
Release: 2019-04-30
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 0811228436

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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?


Teach Us to Outgrow Our Madness

Teach Us to Outgrow Our Madness
Author: Kenzaburo Oe
Publisher: Open Road + Grove/Atlantic
Total Pages: 272
Release: 2011-05-16
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 0802195431

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The Nobel Prize–winning “master of the bizarre plunges the reader into a world of tortured imagination” in this four-novella collection (Library Journal). In this startling quartet of his most provocative stories, the multiple prize-winning author of A Personal Matter reaffirms his reputation as “a supremely gifted writer” (The Washington Post). In The Day He Himself Shall Wipe My Tears Away, a self-absorbed narrator on his deathbed drifts off to the comforting strains of a cantata as he recalls a blistering childhood of militarism, sacrifice, humiliation, and revenge—a tale that is questioned by everyone who knew him. In Prize Stock, winner of the Akutagawa Prize, a black American pilot is downed in a Japanese village during World War II, where the local children see him as some rare find—exotic and forbidden. In Aghwee The Sky Monster, the floating ghost of a baby inexplicably haunts a young man on the first day of his first job. And in the title story, a devoted father believes he is the only link between his mentally challenged son and reality. “[A] remarkable book.” —The Washington Post “Ōe is definitely one of the Modern Masters.” —Seattlepi.com


Outline

Outline
Author: Rachel Cusk
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2015-01-13
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 0374712360

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A luminous, powerful novel that establishes Rachel Cusk as one of the finest writers in the English language A man and a woman are seated next to each other on a plane. They get to talking—about their destination, their careers, their families. Grievances are aired, family tragedies discussed, marriages and divorces analyzed. An intimacy is established as two strangers contrast their own fictions about their lives. Rachel Cusk's Outline is a novel in ten conversations. Spare and stark, it follows a novelist teaching a course in creative writing during one oppressively hot summer in Athens. She leads her students in storytelling exercises. She meets other visiting writers for dinner and discourse. She goes swimming in the Ionian Sea with her neighbor from the plane. The people she encounters speak volubly about themselves: their fantasies, anxieties, pet theories, regrets, and longings. And through these disclosures, a portrait of the narrator is drawn by contrast, a portrait of a woman learning to face a great loss. Outline takes a hard look at the things that are hardest to speak about. It brilliantly captures conversations, investigates people's motivations for storytelling, and questions their ability to ever do so honestly or unselfishly. In doing so it bares the deepest impulses behind the craft of fiction writing. This is Rachel Cusk's finest work yet, and one of the most startling, brilliant, original novels of recent years. A Finalist for the Folio Prize, the Goldsmiths Prize, the Scotiabank Giller Prize, and the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction One of The New York Times' Top Ten Books of the Year Named a A New York Times Book Review Notable Book and a Best Book of the Year by The New Yorker, Vogue, NPR, The Guardian, The Independent, Glamour, and The Globe and Mail


Confessions of a Sociopath

Confessions of a Sociopath
Author: M.E. Thomas
Publisher: Crown
Total Pages: 338
Release: 2013-05-14
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
ISBN: 0307956660

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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. “[A] gripping and important book . . . revelatory . . . quite the memorable roller coaster ride.”—The New York Times Book Review 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 Temple of the Golden Pavilion

The Temple of the Golden Pavilion
Author: Yukio Mishima
Publisher: Random House
Total Pages: 258
Release: 2001
Genre: Arson
ISBN: 0099285673

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Bringing together Mishima's preoccupations with violence, desire, religious life and the history of Japan, this novel is based on an actual incident, the burning of a celebrated temple. The novel is a meditation on the state of Japan in the post-war period.


Sun & Steel

Sun & Steel
Author: Yukio Mishima
Publisher:
Total Pages: 104
Release: 1971
Genre: English literature
ISBN: 9780436281556

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Thirst for Love

Thirst for Love
Author: Yukio Mishima
Publisher: Random House
Total Pages: 155
Release: 2010-02-23
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 1407053965

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After the early death of her philandering husband, Etsuko moves into her father-in-law's house, where she numbly submits to the old man's advances. But soon she finds herself in love with the young servant Saburo. Tormented by his indifference, yet invigorated by her desire, she makes her move, with catastrophic consequences.


三島由紀夫短編集

三島由紀夫短編集
Author: Yukio Mishima
Publisher: Kodansha
Total Pages: 232
Release: 2002
Genre: Japan
ISBN: 9784770028938

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"Reveals another side of Mishima's skill with words: his delicacy and subtlety." -The New York Times "A startlingly original collection of stories by a world class Japanese writer." -Boston Globe