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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?

About This Edition

ISBN: 9780241383476
Publication date: 4th April 2019
Author: Yukio Mishima
Publisher: Penguin Classics an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 94 pages
Series: Penguin Modern
Genres: Modern and Contemporary Fiction
Translated Fiction