Yukio Mishima

Beautiful Star
  • Beautiful Star

  • 'Interplanetary, quite extraordinary... awash with dark humour and scenes of intense beauty' The Financial Times

    'One of the greatest avant-garde Japanese writers of the twentieth century' - New Yorker


    Beautiful Star
    is a 1962 tale of family, love, nuclear war and UFOs, and was considered by Mishima to be one of his very best books.

    Translated into English for the first time, this atmospheric black comedy tells the story of the Osugi family, who come to the sudden realization that each of them hails from a different planet: Father from Mars, mother from Jupiter, son from Mercury and daughter from Venus. This extra-terrestrial knowledge brings them closer together, and convinces them that they have a mission: to find others of their kind, and save humanity from the imminent threat of the atomic bomb...

Yukio Mishima was born in 1925 in Tokyo, and is considered one of the Japan's most important writers. His books broke social boundaries and taboos at a time when Japan found itself in a state of rapid social change. His interests, besides writing, included body-building, acting and practising as a Samurai. In 1970 he attempted to start a military coup, which failed. Upon realizing this, Mishima performed seppuku, a ritual suicide, upon himself. He was nominated for the Nobel Prize for literature three times.

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