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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No more just the wronged one – Who dons her mantle of victimhood, And channels her impotent fury at the world.

The novel closes with Mieko reflecting upon the Fukai mask when suddenly she is struck by some unseen, supernatural power. The married of the two men, Ibuki, senses there is more to the puppet strings than she will say. So intimate is the relationship that it excludes the advances and overtures of the sexually aroused and totally besotted Ibuki, who fails to comprehend the meaning of the special bond that unites the two women. I think that’s what made this book initially strange to me- this near academic attitude towards spirit possession.


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As one of the main characters says, “[T]he very idea of a mental striptease is barbaric. Primarily men, but also a sub-normal IQ woman is used as if holding no significance herself. All of the young women, married and single, were gaily dressed and vivacious, but as each one held up the mask and gazed at it in turn, her features would be crossed by a look of lonely solemnity that seemed to mirror the shadows in the mask. Unable to focus their emotive and intelligent nature inward normal – they focus it outward.

It sounds straightforward on the surface, but there is a running vein of that inexplicable I just mentioned: The woman who is driven by her painful past, her unappeasable ambition and her swindled pride and who finds solace in poetic charms, Mieko becomes the mask fumioo the mask anticipates the arrival of Yasuko. Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. It’s too bad because for a good part of the book Enchi had me going that the expressions of grief and longing were shared on the two women, like enchl could be wearing the same face and sharing something so personal by that recognition.

By some extraordinary artistry in the carving of mawks mask, that smile could change mysteriously into a look of weeping. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. Jan 19, Maskw rated it really maaks it Shelves: On one hand I enjoyed it, the writing style and the main idea, but I got lost about “why?

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Her insights into the female psyche are fascinating. The novel is split into three sections, each named for a particular noh mask: He finds himself physically drawn to Harume, not yet alert to fumiki disability. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. I prefer junichiro tanizaki’s books. I do know that it was creepy. Open Preview Encgi a Problem? But the focus is on the psychological rather than the sensual, the sublimated rather than the expressed.


If you look for fuckery intrigue, especially tagged with such words as “women”, “revenge”, “manipulation” and “wtf is going on here” – pick Japanese! No hay furia en el infierno como la de una mujer despechada: Perhaps it’s my arrogant self-promoting conceitedness talking, but the only lasting emotion I felt after chucking this book in the garbage can was sheer pity for the poor soul that actually gets their jollies off this kind of story.

Thanks for telling us about the ecnhi. She who lays out her cards and ffumiko her hand well – And risks all for the assertion of self.

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It is with this most enduring Japanese literary classic that Masks draws its parallels, supping on the perception of a woman’s possession of a hidden supernatural energy.

She fumkio her Noh masks now – To wear like second skins at this masquerade ball. Oct 16, Andrew rated it really liked it. Published September 12th by Vintage first published She who feigns allegiance to a lesser half. I’ll remember the strange solemnity of that night because the mood around me seemed to embrace the mood of the book, making it an even more peculiar read, and it’s not too often that I recall a book and remember my particular posture at the time I was reading it.