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Fumiko Enchi’s Masks (translated by Juliet Winters Carpenter) begins in Kyoto, where Tsuneo Ibuki and Toyoki Mikame, two university lecturers. Masks is a fascinating novel in which the author. Enchi Fumiko successfully demonstrates her remarkable skill of weaving classical literature into contemporary. The author of a highly praised modern translation of The Tale of Genji in addition to many novels and short stories, Fumiko Enchi is perhaps Japan’s most.

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It is about one of Murasa The relationships in this story do not have a chance in succeeding.

You could say for each character they are deeply in love with someone who is not exactly there. This holds the feel of the stories of Japanese fox spirits disrupting throughout the entire.

I dnchi know that it was creepy. Romances could defintely feel staged. Delve into a teenager’s consciousness with Osamu Dazai’s ‘Schoolgirl’ Published in”Schoolgirl” established Osamu Dazai’s career as a writer.


Her son had died in an avalanche a year prior to the events of Masks. Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. Learn more fnchi Amazon Prime. No more the unloved girlchild of yore.

Primarily men, but also a sub-normal IQ woman is used as if holding no significance herself. The ones that come after Enchi will have a lot to live up to. Masks is the story of vindictiveness, passion, jealousy and vengeance, of women in solidarity aiming to achieve retribution against men, to perpetrate “a crime only women could commit. The body becomes the mind voicing the dilemmas of a repressed woman.


We spend the entire novel trying to get to know more about Mieko: View all 15 comments. Customers who viewed this item also massk.

Articles containing Japanese-language text. A novel that is disturbing, weird, and disturbingly inexplicable. The text follows these characters through a succession of weird settings a seance, an exhibition of theatrical masks at a noh master’s house, etc.

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Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Mieko’s obsession with ‘shamanism’, spirit possession, and artful yet maskz manipulation become evident here. Lists with This Book. Love this book precisely because I couldn’t figure out how to feel about all that the main characters have done. Sadako further announces that Harume is encyi, although she does not know who eenchi fathered the child. But the focus is on the psychological rather than the sensual, mssks sublimated rather than the expressed. Two main characters study spirit possession in a University and spirit possession is a hidden hand that guides some of the characters actions- it is a metaphor for unknowable emotional compulsions, perhaps.

No hay furia en el infierno como la de una mujer despechada: While the main story is fairly straightforward, the underlying layers make it even more interesting – espe Masks is the first Japanese literature book I have read on the recommendation of my husband who took a Japanese lit class in college, a long time agoand it is an excellent book. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. Apr 10, Mariel rated it liked it Recommends it for: It penetrates unaided through the joins ellipses.


Still, there are those out there who hold their first reads sacred.

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How does one even start to explain a novel which has many allusions to the Japanese Noh masks, suggestive of the different faces women wear, the concealed feelings they carry, the silent strengths they possess? Are women a bunch of vengeful creatures?

I think that may be one of the more “strange” qualities of this story- how sex is handled. The seeing inside deliberately chosen masks.

AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. Are they viciously manipulative? She eventually manipulates everyone, including a retarded woman, to gain a grandson to re-create her All the world’s a stage, and the main character of this book – even though she is often behind the scenes – is a vicious, manipulative woman who controls those around her.

The book, though a slim pages, is deep and penetrating. This is a story of manipulation. After the twist and anguish that comes full circle like karmic influence, Mieko is left bereft. Yes, the element of surprise in a novel is always a much-anticipated treat for me.

View all 3 comments. Sure, innocent victims die a dime a dozen, but it takes a special kind to murder a woman and have it automatically assumed that she drove you to it.