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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)

Winner of the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission Prize for the Translation of Japanese Literature

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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April 2019 : UK Paperback
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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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April 2019 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Star (Penguin Modern)
Author(s): Yukio Mishima
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