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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Yasuko wants to move on with her life and the two men who are in love with her become part of the triangle of deception. She who condemns herself to a love so sadistic, And scribbles tanka poetry in her notebook. I haven’t read “The Tale” yet, but I didn’t feel as though I missed anything by not reading it, as the references are made enxhi just the right subtexts.

Romances could defintely feel staged. The shiny red lacquer swiftly swept across the lips prompting the black kohl liner to smartly march beneath the eyes. One person found this helpful. What troubles Ibuki is the curious bond that has grown between Yasuko and her mother-in-law, Mieko, a handsome, cultivated yet jealous woman in her fifties, who is manipulating the relationship between Yasuko and the two men who love her.

Feb 20, Paige rated it it was ok Shelves: By clicking on “Submit” you agree that you have read and agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.


Obviously, Masks was one of these novels; as well as being formerly unknown to me, this novel is proof that being given random book As is usually true at the beginning of the year, I have quite a few books I received for Christmas that I would have probably never known about otherwise.

Jan 12, Sarah rated it really liked it Shelves: The story moves in parallels of folklore and references to The Tale of Genjiwhich could prove frustrating to some, but for me the joy was in the discovery of the text within the text.

Mieko takes Harume, now three months pregnant, to the hospital. The Genji parallels comes into it again at least as believed by Mieko and her protege when the mistress gets her revenge on Mieko by years later causing the death of the two adult children, as a spirit of female ego from Genji.

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Porque no hay nada de eso. She who soothes the fussing baby nestled in her arm’s crook. A novel that is disturbing, weird, and disturbingly inexplicable.

Devastated by her loss, she skillfully manipulates the relationships between Yasuko and the two men who are in love with her, encouraging a dalliance that will have terrible consequences. Evil closely connected within their purposes using this power.

That it was said at all by an ordinary citizen signals something monumental has happened post-world war. Not mazks are women multi-faceted, apparently they are sort of enigmas too, unknowable to the male characters: Some themes in the book include the Mxsks noh masks and Japanese folklore about spirit possession. Showing of 22 reviews.

Extreme emotions a Less of a review but more a random hodgepodge of thoughts. Can you tell them apart? And since Masks is rnchi heavily reliant on a fairly deep understanding of that novel, perhaps it is just beyond me. Here, the mask is used as a metaphor for hidden feelings of resentment, jealousy and bitterness, which the mother-in-law feels toward the others.

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The final scene is so esoteric- the reader is mesmerized by Mieko’s hypnotic kabuki -like pose: Even if there are no children, I think both people are forever changed. By some extraordinary artistry in the carving of the mask, that smile could change mysteriously into a look of weeping. There was a problem adding your email address. If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?

Does he not play a single part in the crime? Ibuki loves widow Yasuko who is young, charming and sparkling with intelligence as well as beauty. The intrigue, then, is a matter of how involved an artist is in complicat I’m not going to pretend I know what exactly was going on here, or that my main motivation for rewarding this four stars is anything more complicated than the thrills of fear and lust. His friend, Mikame, desires her too but that is not the difficulty. Ibuki is invited to join Mikame and the two women on a trip to visit the estate of the ailing noh master, Yorihito Yakushiji, and to see his collection of costumes and masks.


Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. I think Japanese women long ago fumko have had that look. She’s like the face on a No mask, wrapped in her own secret. The daughter of a linguist, Fumiko learned a lot about French, English, Japanese and Chinese literature through private tutorage.

What is influence from the west? Ibuki visits Yasuko at ench Togano household, continuing their series of illicit rendez-vous. The cast of characters is small: If you want to venture into this work, I recommend briefly reading up on Noh, even for a few minutes, for a more comprehensible and enjoyable reading experience.

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Back in Tokyo, Ibuki receives a call from Mikame, who alerts him to the existence of an old forgotten essay, entitled The Shrine in the Fieldspublished by Mieko Togano shortly after the outbreak of the Sino-Japanese War in That is the part that I can never get enough of.

What are these female masks? Por fin me inicio con Enchi. Published September 12th by Vintage first published Finally, then, there’ll be an intricate, hidden maneuver by which Yasuko becomes only the stand-in for the idiot Harume–who will be impregnated by one of the men in order that Meiko can have, by proxy, the child she always wanted most: The ornately convoluted narrative interweaves a pandemonium of manipulation, vengeance, sexuality, androgyny, undertones of homosexuality, shamanistic procedures defining the fine line between mythical divinity and human psychology and most of all the spirituality of a woman and her body polluted by the hypocritical patriarchy.

Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. A deeply inward kind of look.

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