Star Star

Star

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Publisher Description

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
Fiction & Literature
RELEASED
2019
April 30
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
96
Pages
PUBLISHER
New Directions
SELLER
W.W. Norton & Company, Inc.
SIZE
988.4
KB

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