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Star

(2019)
A Novella by

 
 
A haunting novella of fame and disillusionment by a Japanese literary icon

All eyes are upon Rikio. And he likes it, mostly. His fans cheer from a roped-off section, 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.

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 as the absurdity of his existence comes sharply into focus. With exquisite, vivid prose, Star begs the question: is there ever any escape from how we are seen by others?



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Paperback Editions

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 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Author(s): Yukio Mishima
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April 2019 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Star (Penguin Modern)
Author(s): Yukio Mishima
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU