The Book Club

Stephen Dodd: Beautiful Star – Yukio Mishima

38 min listen

In This Episode

In this week’s Book Club podcast, our subject is the Japanese writer Yukio Mishima – whose novel Beautiful Star is being published in English for the first time this month. My guest is its translator Stephen Dodd, who explains the novel’s peculiar mixture of profound seriousness and humour, and its mixture of high literary seriousness with, well, flying saucers. He tells me about Mishima’s sheltered life and shocking death, his place in Japanese literary culture, and the way the hydrogen bomb hangs over this remarkable and strange novel.

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