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. In this book- the character of Yasuko — in many American counterparts of post WWII nourish literature- would be a femme fatale. Sexuality strongly comes in play categorising body, sex and womb as significant parameters of female identity unable to find recognition through the world of thoughts. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers.

Obviously, Masks was one of these novels; as well as being formerly unknown to me, this novel is proof that being given random books during the holidays can be a really good way to find some new avenues of reading.

Please provide an email address. Ibuki is a married man in love with his friend’s widow, Yasuko. Kinda like, “That must be what I look like.

Want to Read saving…. View all 30 comments. It is the story of complex relationships and manipulation: Even if there are no children, I think both people are forever changed. The book has a controlled, gothic quality: The wheatish dermal stretch steadily concealed within the ephemeral white sheath.


Enchi successfully fuses Japanese dark lore with modern obsessions with art, fidelity, and the spiritually banal seances. I’m not sure that I swallowed the Tale of Genji echoes of shamanism within women on each other, and on the men in their lives.

At a meeting of her poetry circle some months later, Mieko is presented with the gift of a noh mask from the old master visited in the first part of the book, now deceased. It also highlights the masks that they constantly wear, shifting from one to the other, constantly to keep revealing their true face. Anyone can have that. She is masugami – The exiled madwoman finally escaping her prison cell.

In the middle of the night he is perturbed to see before him the face of Harume, apparition-like and resembling the Masugami mask of the young madwoman. 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.

Tony’s Reading List: ‘Masks’ by Fumiko Enchi (Review)

Mieko, however, ignores his advice, for she is intent on continuing her family line and producing a child bearing the same blood as her beloved son, Akio. Just as there is an archetype of woman as the object of man’s eternal love, so there must be an archetype of her as the object of his eternal fear, representing, perhaps, the shadow of his own evil actions.


His friend, Mikame, desires her too but that is not the difficulty. Books by Fumiko Enchi. The Tale of Enchi- Fumiko Enchi started her career as a dramatist; she was influenced by Ibsen and Strindberg, and cultivated an interest in kabuki.

Do you know the real her?


The seeing inside deliberately chosen masks. The novel, then, is premised on three quests: When you know the masks as well as we do, they come to seem like the faces of real women. Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: There was a problem adding your email address. madks

It is their fate to be understood only by men of a rare sensitivity like Genji, popular with women exactly for the reason that surrendering entails danger. The Woman in the Dunes. I don’t know what it is that stokes this particular appetite of mine, but with a millennium of criticism that will even at times lurk into the realms of fictional literature, I’m in good company.

One person found this helpful. The two main female characters are almost impossible to read in their motivations, and as such, the title becomes a little obvious.

There would have to be frustrating limitations of assignments of age and status, like wearing a uniform. Less of a review but more a random hodgepodge of thoughts.