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Star

(2019)
A Novella by

 
 
For the first time in English, a glittering novella about stardom from "one of the greatest avant-garde Japanese writers of the twentieth century" (Judith Thurman, The New Yorker)

All eyes are on Rikio. And he likes it, mostly. His fans cheer, screaming and yelling to attract his attention - they would kill for a moment alone with him. Finally the director sets up the shot, the camera begins to roll, someone yells "action"; Rikio, for a moment, transforms into another being, a hardened young yakuza, but as soon as the shot is finished, he slumps back into his own anxieties and obsessions. Being a star, constantly performing, being watched and scrutinized as if under a microscope, is often a drag. But so is life. Written shortly after Yukio Mishima himself had acted in the film "Afraid to Die," this novella is a rich and unflinching psychological portrait of a celebrity coming apart at the seams. With exquisite, vivid prose, Star begs the question: is there any escape from how we are seen by others?

Genre: Literary Fiction

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April 2019 : USA Paperback
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Title: Star
Author(s): Yukio Mishima
ISBN: 0-8112-2842-8 / 978-0-8112-2842-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: New Directions
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Title: Star (Penguin Modern)
Author(s): Yukio Mishima
ISBN: 0-241-38347-1 / 978-0-241-38347-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Classics
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