Gojiro

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Gojiro
Author Mark Jacobson
Cover artist Stephen Youll
Country United States
Language English
Genre Science fiction novel
Publisher Atlantic Monthly Press
Publication date
February 1991
Media type Print (Hardback & Paperback)
Electronic (e-book)
Pages 356 (paperback edition)
ISBN 0-87113-396-2 (first edition, hardback)
OCLC 22508073
813/.54 20
LC Class PS3560.A27 G65 1991

Gojiro is the 1991 debut novel by former Esquire columnist Mark Jacobson. It reinterprets the Godzilla film series from the perspective of the daikaiju—not a fictional creature depicted on-screen via suitmation, but an irradiated varanid-turned B-movie star named Gojiro (an homage to Gojira, the Japanese name for Godzilla). Gojiro, a freak mutation with a cynical worldview, suffers the pain of solitude as well as several maladies experienced by entertainers, including drug abuse and suicidal tendencies. The story revolves around his adventures with human friend Komodo, a scientific genius scarred as a child by the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, as they attempt to fulfill their "Triple Ring Promise" to bring about world peace. The odyssey takes them from their home on Radioactive Island—also home to several children, called Atoms, suffering from radiation sickness—to several locations in Hollywood and the Trinity site in New Mexico.

The novel is often compared to John Gardner's earlier novel Grendel, a retelling of the Beowulf epic through the eyes of the monster.

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