Masks



❴Read❵ ➪ Masks Author Fumiko Enchi – E17streets4all.co.uk Clear and powerful Kirkus , Masks is perhaps Fumiko Enchi s finest work and her first to be translated into English In this stunning and subtle novel about seduction and infidelity in latter day Japan Clear and powerful Kirkus , Masks is perhaps Fumiko Enchi s finest work and her first to be translated into English In this stunning and subtle novel about seduction and infidelity in latter day Japan and about the destructive force of feminine jealousy and resentment, Mieko Togano, a handsome and cultivated woman in her s, manipulates for her own bizarre purposes the relationship between her widowed daughter in law, Yasuko, and the two men in love with her.Masks

See author Fumiko Enchi was the pen name of the late Japanese Sh wa period playwright and novelist Fumiko UedaThe daughter of a linguist, Fumiko learned a lot about French, English, Japanese and Chinese literature through private tutorageFumiko suffered from poor health as a child and spent most of her time at home She was introduced to literature by her grandmother, who showed her to the likes of The Tale of Genji, as well as to Edo period gesaku novels and to the kabuki and bunraku theater By years old her reading list had grown to include works of the lights of Oscar Wilde, Edgar Allan Poe, Ky ka Izumi, Nagai Kaf , Ry nosuke Akutagawa She discovered a special interest in the sadomasochistic aestheticism style of Jun ichir Tanizaki,She was inspired to write plays after attended lectures by the founder of modern Japanese drama, Kaoru Osanai.

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  • 141 pages
  • Masks
  • Fumiko Enchi
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  • 07 October 2019
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  1. says:

    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 All those she comes in contact with are in her theater She approaches life as if she wrote the script, designed the set, and directed the play Her son has died and now she is controlling her daughter in law and her daughter in law s male admirers She eventually manipulates everyone, including a woman who is intellectually c 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 All those she comes in contact with are in her theater She approaches life as if she wrote the script, designed the set, and directed the play Her son has died and now she is controlling her daughter in law and her daughter in law s male admirers She eventually manipulates everyone, including a woman who is intellectually challenged, to gain a grandson to re create her deceased son There must be a special place in hell for this woman The book, published in 1958, is translated from the Japanese and has a bit of local color from Japan of the 1950 s Some themes in the book include the Japanese noh masks and Japanese folklore about spirit possession.Top photo noh masks from historyofmasks.net images historyofmasksMiddle photo from ae01.alicdn.com Wood Japanese Noh MasThe author from theblankgarden.files.wordpress.comEdited 12 8 19 to add photos and correct typos

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    No longer mere object, no longer prey.No longer the one who wouldn t dare,Nostung by the prick of infidelity.Yet no less woman than she was yesterday.Nothe unloved girlchild of yore.No longer pushed aside to a lesser role.Nojust the wronged one Who dons her mantle of victimhood,And channels her impotent fury at the world.She has her Noh masks now To wear like second skins at this masquerade ball.Do you know the real her She who lays out her cards and plays her hand well And No longer mere object, no longer prey.No longer the one who wouldn t dare,Nostung by the prick of infidelity.Yet no less woman than she was yesterday.Nothe unloved girlchild of yore.No longer pushed aside to a lesser role.Nojust the wronged one Who dons her mantle of victimhood,And channels her impotent fury at the world.She has her Noh masks now To wear like second skins at this masquerade ball.Do you know the real her She who lays out her cards and plays her hand well And risks all for the assertion of self.She who is both seductress and stoic.She who soothes the fussing baby nestled in her arm s crook.She who condemns herself to a love so sadistic,And scribbles tanka poetry in her notebook.She who lends a voice to the maligned Rokuj lady.She who relegates Genji to the sidelines.She who births a daughter in criminal secrecy,And pines for her from afar.She who feigns allegiance to a lesser half.She who plots terrible vengeance and leaves no stone unturned.She who deceives man and husband and son.Can you tell them apart Will you call this duplicity or craft She is ryo no onna , descended from her demon haunted hell.She is masugami The exiled madwoman finally escaping her prison cell.She is fukai , but noa stolid bearer of pain.She is woman reborn, woman unveiled

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    It was late at night, past midnight, that moment of silent serenity coupled with the magical sounds of nightlife, when I finished this book a night not so blue as the night I finished Didion s Blue Nights, nor a night as sensational as the one I recall when I think of how I read A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain cover to cover, but a unique night nonetheless 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 It was late at night, past midnight, that moment of silent serenity coupled with the magical sounds of nightlife, when I finished this book a night not so blue as the night I finished Didion s Blue Nights, nor a night as sensational as the one I recall when I think of how I read A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain cover to cover, but a unique night nonetheless 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 evenpeculiar read, and it s not too often that I recall a book and remember my particular posture at the time I was reading it Eerie all the talk about spirit connections and possessions in the novel and there I was, the book taking control of my faculties, its syntactical structuring and storytelling binding meWhen you know the masks as well as we do, they come to seem like the faces of real women 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 There is so much uncovered so subtly through symbolism that it s sometimes easy to miss in this carefully moving plot I didn t think I would be so smitten by the vindictively clever Mieko, the poet, and Yasuko, her daughter in law and research assistant, yet I wasA deeply inward kind of look I think Japanese women long ago must have had that look And it seems to me she must be one of the last women who lives that way still like the masks with her deepest energies turned inwardIbuki is a married man in love with his friend s widow, Yasuko His best friend Mikam , a bachelor and modern man interested in marrying but not particularly interested in living the traditional married life, is also in love with Yasuko and her seemingly independent lifestyle However, Yasuko and her mother in law Mieko are so close, they could be lovers And nestled deep within the layers of the spooky mystery, is the stunning Harum Who is she and what is her role in all this drama Of course, someone gets their feelings hurt, but since this is in no way the average drama of female protagonists, the conclusion could come as a surprise in fact, it may even break your heart a little I, on the other hand, enjoyed every delicious turn and relished the idea of actually disliking a female protagonist s use of prowess, ecstasy that was like dwelling in a world apart from reality. Yes, the element of surprise in a novel is always a much anticipated treat for meJust 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 The story moves in parallels of folklore and references to The Tale of Genji, which could prove frustrating to some, but for me the joy was in the discovery of the text within the text 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 with just the right subtexts If anything, I m now encouraged to read that book and many other books with Japanese settings, seeing as how Enchi now has me enthralled with Japanese mysticism and storytelling that in some ways runs parallel to West African and Latin American storytelling textures

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    Two parts of rice powder one part of Cetaphil lotion, softening in the reluctant warmth of my palm, on a droning afternoon Not a single Noh mask in sight The docile wintry wind was hardening the gummy paste onto my fingers restricting the imminent bastardization of the Kabuki splendour about to take place in front of an ignorant mirror Two streaks on the cheeks, one pat on the nose, then the forehead and remaining three strokes on the neck The wheatish dermal stretch steadily concealed wi Two parts of rice powder one part of Cetaphil lotion, softening in the reluctant warmth of my palm, on a droning afternoon Not a single Noh mask in sight The docile wintry wind was hardening the gummy paste onto my fingers restricting the imminent bastardization of the Kabuki splendour about to take place in front of an ignorant mirror Two streaks on the cheeks, one pat on the nose, then the forehead and remaining three strokes on the neck The wheatish dermal stretch steadily concealed within the ephemeral white sheath The shiny red lacquer swiftly swept across the lips prompting the black kohl liner to smartly march beneath the eyes With the last swipe of the palm, my face had confined itself within the gelatinous pale interiors, its fine lines disappearing among the smooth exterior Ethereal unfamiliarity reflecting through the mirror and the pair of lonely perplexed dark brown irises turned out to be the solitary window of sincerity What was I thinking What was I testing This act of frivolity The pasty concoction plastered on my face had somehow pacified my nerves entangling them within my frenzied thoughts the rowdy roads outside were suddenly silenced The blood gushing through my veins seemed to have forgotten to warm up my skin, bursting it into a sea of goosebumps Such was the captivating power this childish act Ryo no OnnaJust as there is an archetype of woman as the object of man s eternal love, so there must be an archetype of her object of his eternal fear, representing, perhaps the shadow of his own evil actions The famous Rokujo Lady, the scorned lover of Prince Genji occupies a pivotal position mirroring the temperament of the Togano matriarch As the love chronicle replays in the Tale of Genji , the Rokujo Lady after feeling betrayed and envious of Genji s new wife Lady Aoi, the repressed soul of Rokujo lady caused the spirit to leave her body and torment Lady Aoi Enchi s prominence on the portrayal of Rokujo Lady conceptualizes the origin of Mieko s facade Mieko Togano s affinity towards the Rokujo Lady, purely on empathetic grounds, brings forth a human aspect to one of the most devilish personality in the Japanese literary history The nationally prizedRyo no onnamask is chilling in its ghoulish appearance The frosty exterior concealing a burning secret asphyxiating long nurtured desires with astound tranquillity The act of s ance, the ceaselessly floating spirit possessing another soul whilst creating a physical medium to procure communication reflects the mystical properties of a mask possessing a physical visage fastening on to its human medium The darkness of inhibited desires, muffled sexual prowess transmits a shamanistic vibe haunting the dilemma of a woman s self pride The role plays interchanging between Mieko and the Aguri lady Enchi s inclusion of the shamanistic ritual as a route probing the validity of an outwardly experience in a world of reality favours the depth of attraction that Mieko has toward the Rokujo Lady and the connotation of Yasuko and Mieko veiled under a inexplicable expression.Further, besides the symbolic inclusion of The Tale of Genji , Enchi makes noteworthy references to Yoru no Nezame and The Tales of Ise to elucidate the magnetism of sexual ecstasy that segregates realism from dreamy confusions orchestrating the incompetence of human emotions and the competence of self ego, a weight indissoluble from a woman s being.MasugamiThis mask forms a unique type, that of a woman in a state of frenzy Toyoichiro Nogami The philosophical lyricism that Mieko found in the Rokujo Lady descends on Harume s existence The Masugami masks represents the madwoman or rather a young woman in a state of frenzy a divine being heightened by spirit of shamanisms, the body meant for human manipulation The worldly, newly married Mieko, the Aguri lady in the Togano family or Harume whose beauty shines with soft docility amid fireflies, who would be the true possessor of the mask, I wondered The silent body of Harume reveals the inner eccentric world of the Togano domesticity Enchi s delineation of Harume borders on ghostly metaphors creating a chimera of a pure soul and an untainted body, acquiring an impenetrable emptiness Sex is viewed asof a corporeal act dismissing any logical reasoning, prostituting the body as a medium in trance yielding a woman s reticent self worth sarcastically opposing the patriarchal institution The Masugami mask perfectly fits Harume whose bright camellia lips pouring with sensuality, mask the melancholic silence that consumed her.FukaiHer spirit alternated constantly between spells of lyricism and spirit possession making no philosophical distinction between the self alone and in relation to the other and unable to achieve the solace of a religious indifferenceA middle age woman with exceedingly deep heart , tattered by the memories of a loved one A gloomy well where secrets buried deeply in the colourless waters are echoed through freezing solitude 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 and the mask anticipates the arrival of Yasuko.Magojir The mask representing a young woman with an alluring femininity at the zenith of her beauty forms the caricature of Yasuko Yasuko s relationship with Mieko suggestively marginalizes cynicism of a homosexuality Conversely to the many debatable assumptions, Yasuko s faithful attachment to Mieko represents the unwritten rules of sisterhood and the lasting love for Akio The quandary of hankering independence and incidental dependence calculates Yasuko as the quintessential masked host, the illusory medium Enchi s Masks develops into a forbidden malicious game challenging the age old hierarchal social institutionsWhen you know the masks as well as we do, they come to seem like the faces of real women 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 Enchi s women are represented through their bodies residing on the periphery of a social system The female body becomes a liberating source unifying the mind into one single entity The body becomes the mind voicing the dilemmas of a repressed woman The uterus then becomes the twofold weapon of fulfilment and misery 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 Enchi s emphasis of bringing the female individuality through the representation of a perishable yet sexual physicality depicts the second rate status of women in a patriarchal society The body and the womb, which could be easily outlawed for being futile or fouled, cultivate the victimisation of a woman bordering ambivalent psyche Mieko Togano s brazen usage of sexual ecstasy mocks the feudal social codes turning the patriarchal system upside down Meiko s malevolent strategies of using men as pawns for the fulfilment of her own aspirations is downright fascinating when perceived with ironical display of men bestowing the equivalent treatment to women for decades.Enchi s insatiable prose immaculately communicates between the nobility of the Noh art and the interrelated configurations illuminating the empathetic world beyond the dreamy artistry asserting the awareness and subjectivity of self existence in societal segregation and the search for a plausible independence The androgynous nature of Noh male actors playing female roles delicately unearths the unisexual nature constituting spirituality between a male and a female foetus embodying the equitable nature of the womb Enchi further takes this particular Noh element into depicting the similarities between the divergent subsistence of Akio and Harume Masks is Enchi s masterwork in exploring the fundamental nature of a woman s mentality through the realms of her body inferring the palpable scenario of the female body resonating the cry of an demoralized soul when the mouth is muted.Are women a bunch of vengeful creatures Are they viciously manipulative If a woman s naive devotion to the capricious love rapidly festers into endless flow of a rancorous river of blood the power of hatred thunderously churning the vicissitudes of love, the unjust reality and the deepened longings harbouring the darkness of its remoteness If a woman s hatred is terrifying, if the fascination for retribution resonates the shrieks of a frenzied banshee possessing the very constitution of a wounded woman the puppetry of the stoic masks fervently gripping the intensity of grief, its arrogance only to be momentarily washed down by a solitary soft tear Then what would one concur about the man who had helped to sow these fateful seeds of acrimony Yes, what about that person Does he not play a single part in the crime Where would the man stand in the indicted arena of being either an accomplice or rather a culprit Or is it that the man has always been a privileged animal of a blameless acquittalMen are susceptible to that sort of thing Our society gets so worked up over it now, always siding with the woman, that no one dares examine the matter fairly, that s the way it is The eastern winds had boorishly cracked the pearly smoothness Yet, the aura of the pasty concoction withstood the repugnance of the flaky visage Shamelessly exposed and vulnerable as my face stood amid the grainy diluted swirls, it was still caught up in the rapture of the Rokujo Lady and the women of the Togano household The lasting traces of goosebumps could vouch for it

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    The secrets inside her mind are like flowers in a garden at nighttime, filling the darkness with perfume Fumiko Enchi, MasksThis is my first book by a female Japanese author The ones that come after Enchi will have a lot to live up to The book started off slowly but it soon held my interest and was quite surprising in some ways despite its subtle tone.I don t know much about Noh plays but it was clear that the use of masks was a metaphor for hiding one s true self In this case, the secre The secrets inside her mind are like flowers in a garden at nighttime, filling the darkness with perfume Fumiko Enchi, MasksThis is my first book by a female Japanese author The ones that come after Enchi will have a lot to live up to The book started off slowly but it soon held my interest and was quite surprising in some ways despite its subtle tone.I don t know much about Noh plays but it was clear that the use of masks was a metaphor for hiding one s true self In this case, the secrecy is evident in the bizarre relationship between the widowed Yasuko, and Mieko, her 50 something year old mother in law, who seems to be manipulating Yasuko, plus the two men who are in love with her We spend the entire novel trying to get to knowabout Mieko She has a peculiar power to move events in whatever direction she pleases, while she stays motionless She s like a quiet mountain lake whose waters are rushing beneath the surface toward a waterfall She s like the face of a No mask, wrapped in her own secrets This book is shrouded in mystery which is made evenfascinating by discussion of spiritualism, and the love triangle between Yasuko and her two suitors There is curiosity about whether Mieko is controlling Yasuko s spirit, this fact even questioned by Yasuko herself Not I, Mother It s you who like him somehow, time and again, your feelings seem to take hold of me This is not just some crazy excuse so many times I ve found myself doing things that don t make a bit of sense and every time, without fail, I feel you there in the background, manipulating me like a puppet I enjoyed the literary critique of a section of The Tale of the Genji , which I ve never read before, regarding female shamanism I think the book can in part be seen as an analysis of the Japanese woman, both inmodern times and in the olden days I m not sure if much has changed, at least according to Enchi women are seen as manipulative, jealous etc At the same time, I think Enchi allowed us to see how multi faceted her female characters were, which is something I always appreciate in literature Not only are women multi faceted, apparently they are sort of enigmas too, unknowable to the male characters Children think what endless trouble men have gone to over the ages to persuade themselves that the children their women bore belonged to them Making adultery a crime, inventing chastity belts but in the end they were unable to penetrate even one of women s secrets In the end all these ingredients leave us with is a story that is so compelling, interesting and shocking I m also left with the desire to read The Tale of the Genji I m sure with that book under my belt, andknowledge of Noh plays, I ll rate this book higher

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    If you look for fuckery intrigue, especially tagged with such words as women , revenge , manipulation and wtf is going on here pick Japanese They mastered all the aforementioned subjects.Well, I ve got a very mixed feelings about this book On one hand I enjoyed it, the writing style and the main idea, but I got lost about why and soAnyway, 3.5 stars is pretty fair, it seems to me.

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    A man may try as hard as he likes but he ll never know what schemes a woman may be slowly and quietly carrying out behind his back.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 She emerged in the early 50 s as a novelist of the fates of women both past and contemporary Between 1967 and 1972 , she translated Murasaki Shikibu s The Tale of Genji into modern Japanese It is with this most enduri A man may try as hard as he likes but he ll never know what schemes a woman may be slowly and quietly carrying out behind his back.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 She emerged in the early 50 s as a novelist of the fates of women both past and contemporary Between 1967 and 1972 , she translated Murasaki Shikibu s The Tale of Genji into modern Japanese 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 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 It is an exploration of class, sexual oppression and the suppression of women in a traditionally patriarchal society Enchi brilliantly weaves a reinterpretation of the character Rokuj lady from The Tale of Genji with the vengeful spirit of the heroine Mieko, whose husband Togano Masatsugu, believed to be descended from a powerful clan in line to become feudal lords and who still adhered to dominating, misogynistic codes, had caused her severe and immeasurable humiliation and suffering throughout their marriage The novel is sectioned into three chapters, each named for N masks which metaphorically depict the novel s cloaked particulars, and in turn define its supernatural concerns The first chapter named Ry no onna means spirit woman , the vengeful spirit of an older woman tormented by the bitterness of her life Mieko s obsession with shamanism , spirit possession, and artful yet subtle manipulation become evident here In her scholarly treatise relating to The Tale of Genji, Mieko seems to sympathize and identify with the character Rokuj lady She writes As passion transforms the Rokuj lady into a living ghost, her spirit taking leave of her body again and again to attack and finally to kill Genji s wife Aoi, the commentators see in her tragic obsession a classic illustration of the evil karma attached to all womankindthe Rokuj lady turned unconsciously to spirit possession as the only available outlet for her strong will The Rokuj lady is instead a Ry no onna one who chafes at her inability to sublimate her strong ego in deference to any man, but who can carry out her will by forcing it upon others and that indirectly, through the possessive capacity of her spirit The second section of the novel is named for the N mask Masugami meaning young madwoman, a woman as victim, a young woman in a state of frenzy Each female character had at some point been reduced to a frenzied state Aguri the mistress, Mieko the wife, Yasuko the daughter in law, Harum the mentally handicapped daughter Through Yasuko, Mieko controls the seduction of Ibuki Yasuko s lover He awakens to find Harum in his bed the treachery that he experiences is veiled in a dreamlike scenario Her heavily rouged, camellia bright lips were ripe with sensuality, and her face was the face of Masugami The mask of the young madwoman which he had seen at the home of Yorikata Yakushiji It was all wrongnot knowing whether he might be drunk or dreaming, but sensing with faint vestiges of consciousness that rational thought lay for the time beyond his powers A woman s love is quick to turn into a passion for revenge an obsession that becomes an endless river of blood flowing on from generation to generation Fukai heads the third and final chapter, meaning deep well or deep woman , depicting middle aged women, a metaphor comparing the heart of an older woman to the depths of a bottomless well a well so deep that its water would seem totally without color Mieko finally defines herself in this mask After the twist and anguish that comes full circle like karmic influence, Mieko is left bereft She comes to understand the crime she has perpetrated, realizes the result of her revenge and its effect on herself and others The final scene is so esoteric the reader is mesmerized by Mieko s hypnotic kabuki like pose In that moment, the mask dropped from her grasp as if struck down by an invisible hand In a trance she reached out and covered the face on the mask with her hand, while her right arm, as if suddenly paralyzed, hung frozen, immobile, in space For those who have read The Tale of Genji, Masks is a welcomed, very brief revisitation of the Murasaki classic The supernaturalism is rendered in typical Japanese style subtle, mysterious, illusory, poetic it will utterly engage fans of Japanese fiction writers like Tanizaki and Kawabata

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    I don t know another goodreader already made the noh know pun or I would do it right noh much about noh dramas, apart from tinges hinging on other stories rather than the colors lens of the storytelling itself, I mean The door itself Tosh a most excellent goodreads reviewer wrote in a review of another book I think it was a Yukio Mishima book of noh plays comparing it as part filmmaker Robert Bresson I am going to absorb that like I do for all mysterious poetry, art, nature, human b I don t know another goodreader already made the noh know pun or I would do it right noh much about noh dramas, apart from tinges hinging on other stories rather than the colors lens of the storytelling itself, I mean The door itself Tosh a most excellent goodreads reviewer wrote in a review of another book I think it was a Yukio Mishima book of noh plays comparing it as part filmmaker Robert Bresson I am going to absorb that like I do for all mysterious poetry, art, nature, human beings explanations It makes sense in the way that something makes sense to me now I have to try and explain how it makes sense to me, oh noh That sense being a measurement of other senses to rely on, company, frames of reference, boxed in corners and circular lines, blah blah blah I have the feeling I ve said this plenty of other times on goodreads Robert Bresson s Notes on the Cinematographer is a self help book for me to explain shit to me I ll say, Masks was an interesting follow up read to Soseki s Kusamakura What relation to art is life I need my self help book now It s my staring off into space and trying to feel there s something sitting next to me, that s what I feel like I need some natural movement with the masks Don t run after poetry It penetrates unaided through the joins ellipses What Bresson said Avoid paroxysms anger, terror, etc which one is obliged to simulate, and which everybody is alike Robert Bresson The masks are what already is of the anger, terror, etc, the everybody alikeness There would have to be frustrating limitations of assignments of age and status, like wearing a uniform Then it would be up to people to not see just a middle aged woman I guess that s the old high school debate of to be or not to be uniforms Fumiko Enchi s Masks very nearly gets there as a work of art drawing on life imitating art imitating life imitating art The seeing inside deliberately chosen masks There was a point when the timed theatre curtains should have parted to show what was different, like Bresson I think it is important to recognize the sameness AND the differences for the chance of poetry Shades, damnit Art AND life.The mask s forehead and cheeks were well rounded the suggestion of a smile hovered around the eyes, their lids curved and drooping, and the lips, half parted to reveal a glimpse of teeth By some extraordinary artistry in the carving of the mask, that smile could change mysteriously into a look of weeping.I admit it, I m deeply fascinated with the masks as these sort of alike, all too human emotions that become different from what s inside, behind that mask, what is turned inward for oneself and what s outside The artistry is the part that comes outside That is the part that I can never get enough of It was frustrating because there are glimpses of that in Masks I couldn t help thinking that the one person meant to see those masks must be my own mother in law, not because she sees No performed so often or because she can appreciate the artistry of the masks, but because of that look of utter tranquillity they have a deeply inward sort of look I think Japanese women long ago must have had that look And it seems to me she must be one of the last women who lives that way still like the masks with her deepest energies turned inward I d sensed something of the sort all along, in a vague way, but yesterday, as I watched her studying those masks and costumes, it came to meclearly than ever before Mieko is mother in law to Yasuko Her son had died in an avalanche a year prior to the events of Masks Mieko replaces her son in Yasuko s life 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 Two men of their acquaintence are in love with Yasuko, supposedly all designed by the still waters supposedly run oh so deep Mieko The sign says KEEP OUT BEWARE OF DOG Yasuko confesses to feeling that she is directed by Mieko The married of the two men, Ibuki, senses there isto the puppet strings than she will say He is right The directness of the speech about the man behind the green curtain was intriguing, at first Romances could defintely feel staged Parental influence as sinister Yeah.I liked this description In T ang and Sung paintings of beautiful women or in a Moronou print of a courtesan, the main figure is always twice the size of her attendants It s the same with Buddhist triads the sheer size of a main image makes the smaller bodhisattvas on either side that muchapproachable Perspective has nothing to do with it, so at first the imbalance is disturbing, but then it has a way of drawing you in Anyway, to me Mieko is the large sized courtesan and Yasuko is the little girl attendant at her side When Mieko was young, she married a man who had a mistress installed as a housemaid in their home She designed for Mieko to be killed she survived, the baby did not Mieko has an affair with another man and it was to him that she births a boy and a girl The girl is forever a child 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 Mieko gets her revenge in before the other woman s revenge by arranging for Yasuko s lover to knock up the simple minded twin when he thinks he s getting it on with Yasuko They have a baby and the mistress doesn t succeed in wiping out the line Okay, I don t think that the revenge plans were all that interesting after the build up of inward soul searching of Mieko THAT was it Dictionary jealousy and revenge BUT WHAT ABOUT THE REST OF THEIR LIVES 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 they could be wearing the same face and sharing something so personal by that recognition Kinda like, That must be what I look like I miss him too This must be how you feel Enchi almost had it, when she was hovering between the unseen emotions on plain dark sleeves Instead the scent from her flowers of darkness were stale Store bought potpurri Anyone can have that What is influence from the west What it means to be a woman I don t get it when I read in books that women are jealous, it is in their nature to cleave, blah blah What are these female masks They must look different when someone puts them on That s what I needed Sorry, Enchi, the lights came on too soon.After Mieko had taken the mask Fukai in her hands and studied it, the sunken cheeked, sorrow stricken face traveled around the circlce, from hand to hand 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 As if to escape that solemnity, they were lavish with praise, exclaiming over the masks like foreigners What an exquisite, sad sort of beauty it has Women today have lost this quiet gracefulness FukaiZo no onnaRyo no onnaP.s Praj is right that I should read Tales of Genji Fumiko Enchi translated Gengi into modern Japanese I can tell that the story had had a big influence on her I ll read it with the female ego in mind

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    Your feelings seems to take hold of me This is not just some crazy excuse so many times I ve found myself doing things that don t make sense and every time, without fail, I feel you there in the background, manipulating me like a puppet .From MASKS by Fumiko Enchi, translated from the Japanese by Juliet Winter Carpenter 1958 Japanese, 1983 English translation JanuaryinJapanA darkly enchanting and sensual tale of revenge, destruction, sex, secrets, power, and legacy Enchi wrote one heYour feelings seems to take hold of me This is not just some crazy excuse so many times I ve found myself doing things that don t make sense and every time, without fail, I feel you there in the background, manipulating me like a puppet .From MASKS by Fumiko Enchi, translated from the Japanese by Juliet Winter Carpenter 1958 Japanese, 1983 English translation JanuaryinJapanA darkly enchanting and sensual tale of revenge, destruction, sex, secrets, power, and legacy Enchi wrote one hell of a story Just 140 pages with a small cast of characters, and it leaves an indelible mark in my mind.Each chapter is named after a traditional mask used in the N theater, and characters in the story take on similar characteristics of the mask the bitter, the frenzied, the experienced women Included in the story are fascinating details about the ancient N theatrical form, and the masks as historic and artistic objects themselves.A familiarity with The Tale of Genji the 11th century Japanese epic may be helpful for a deeper understanding, but I have not read this first novel and was able to keep up and deeply appreciate Enchi was a scholar and translator of the ancient text into modern Japanese, so it s clear why this literature plays a large role in her novels.TheI think about this one, theI loved it Seductive and psychologically thrilling.I m reminded of one of my faves from 2019, The Naked Woman by Armon a Somers, translated from the Spanish by Kit Maude Although different in form, and from the other side of the globe Uruguay , there s a similar unbridled and supernatural divine feminine element in both Cool synergy both amazing stories

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    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 anythingcomplicated than the thrills of fear and lust Woman as mother, woman as horror, woman as the womb of the tomb It s all be done before, and so long as rapists are viewed as delicate unjailable flowers who could not possible survive the chance of being raped themselves, it will continue 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 anythingcomplicated than the thrills of fear and lust Woman as mother, woman as horror, woman as the womb of the tomb It s all be done before, and so long as rapists are viewed as delicate unjailable flowers who could not possible survive the chance of being raped themselves, it will continue The intrigue, then, is a matter of how involved an artist is in complicating this same old same old, playing out the recognizably modern against a backdrop of a millennium that has less to do with politics and everything you commit yourself to in the deepest socket of overwhelming night Telling a story helps, for the free potential of narratives pales in comparison to the expectations of readers who compose the hegemony that draws the line between literature and all the rest Murasaki Shikibu was a woman, but survival has never been anythingthan a theatre of chance and exploitation If you want to use her to circumvent all that, be prepared to descend into the stigma generated around sex work and emotional labor and menstruation and disability, else you ll just be glutting yourself alongside all the rest.Lately, I ve been mulling over revenge horror played in the female key, from a sequential re watch of Ju On 1 and 2 to my favorite character story arc in the current season of Penny Dreadful One thing I ve noticed is, however bad it gets, and however much audiences choose to ignore it, the patriarchy is always worse 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 Miscarriage and monthly bleeding and maternal influence and call be a drag, but how do you think the human species continues in the first place Certainly not by the various means of erotic auto asphyxiation conducted by men, wanting it all despite never being able to have anything to show for it when all is said and done and that gender of self titled perfection is so much bone and ash From that you get the manipulation, the socioeconomic exploitation of the one and the normalized rape of the masculine of the other a man is 33 timeslikely to be raped than to be falsely accused of rape, don tcha know , the strangling and the chopping and whatever else is necessary to revenge oneself after being bought and sold like so much livestock and even after, as insult to injury, sabotaged in the midst of the breeding Everyone knows why women shed the blood they do What s rare is to tell the truth about the origin.Honestly, I don t think anyone should attempt reading this until they ve gotten The Tale of Genji and The Waiting Years under their belt, if not others, but that sort of bias is easily circumvented by rereading Still, there are those out there who hold their first reads sacred Personally, I m off to chase down 500 bajillionarticles books lecture series that focus on the first work mentioned 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

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