Mishima was one of literature's great romantics.--Jay McInerney
There may be no writer more autobiographical than Yukio Mishima. He resembles Ce´line and Genet, writers who were not political writers but who were working out the crisis of being alive, the crisis of experience itself. That's precisely the way it is transcendent--it goes beyond the visible world into a world in which being alive makes sense.--Philip Glass
Mishima is like Stendhal in his precise psychological analyses, like Dostoevsky in his explorations of darkly destructive personalities.
Mishima's ethereal 1961 novel, published for the first time in English, showcases the strains of fame on a young movie star. Mishima is a master of the psychological: this nimble novella about the costs and delusions of constant public attention will resonate with readers.-- (01/30/2019)
Mishima nicely captures the alter-world of stardom--a sharp little novella.-- (02/17/2019)
This 1961 novel is finally getting the translation it has so long deserved. The psychologically complex story of Rikio Mizuno, young star of a series of gangster films, is based in part on Mishima's own experiences as an actor. This is a landmark novel of 20th century Japan, and you no longer have to learn Japanese to read it.--Jeff Somers
This pitch-perfect novella from Yukio Mishima tells the story of a young film star disenchanted with the trappings of fame. Drawing on his own experiences as an actor, Mishima's Star is a stunning addition to the oeuvre of one of postwar Japan's greatest storytellers.--Thomas Gebremedhin
This little novella gives a bang-filled rush, reflecting on the empty deceit of fame and the psychology of celebrity. Once you're on top of the world, can you ever escape it?-- (05/29/2019)Star
isn't merely a treat for completists, but a happy reunion with a genius.-- (04/27/2019)
An exquisite contemplation of existence and death, and Mishima's prose is extremely powerful and the translation finely executed.-- (06/18/2019)
About the Author
Yukio Mishima (1925-1970) completed his first novel the year he entered the University of Tokyo and his last novel the day of his death. He is the author of numerous novels, stories, plays, and essays. Gore Vidal once said of him: "I only regret we never met, for friends found him a good companion, a fine drinking partner, and fun to cruise with." Mishima committed suicide by ceremonial seppuku after a failed coup d'e´tat intended to restore pre-WWII power to the emperor of Japan.
SAM BETT won the Grand Prize in the JLPP International Translation Competition. With David Boyd, he is cotranslating the novels of Mieko Kawakami.