For the first time in English, a glittering novella about stardom and disillusionment, from "one of the greatest avant-garde Japanese writers of the twentieth century"
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?
Praise for Star
Mishima's novels exude a monstrous and compulsive weirdness, and seem to take place in a kind of purgatory for the depravedAngela Carter
Mishima was one of literature's great romantics, a tragedian with a heroic sensibility, an intellectual, an esthete, a man steeped in Western letters who toward the end of his life became a militant Japanese nationalistNew York Times
Mishima is the Japanese HemingwayLife Magazine
A writer of immense energy and abilityTime Out