Rashōmon and Seventeen Other Stories

Rashōmon and Seventeen Other Stories

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Penguin Putnam
This collection features a brilliant new translation of the Japanese master's stories with an introduction by Haruki Murakami. Akutagawa’s disturbing tales of human passion capture the cultural upheaval of early twentieth century Japan, ranging from ?In the Grove,” the basis of Kurosawa’s famous film Rashomon, to Akutagawa’s later, more autobiographical writings.

Random House, Inc.
Ryünosuke Akutagawa (1892-1927) is one of Japan’s foremost stylists - a modernist master whose short stories are marked by highly original imagery, cynicism, beauty and wild humour. ‘Rashömon’ and ‘In a Bamboo Grove’ inspired Kurosawa’s magnificent film and depict a past in which morality is turned upside down, while tales such as ‘The Nose’, ‘O-Gin’ and ‘Loyalty’ paint a rich and imaginative picture of a medieval Japan peopled by Shoguns and priests, vagrants and peasants. And in later works such as ‘Death Register’, ‘The Life of a Stupid Man’ and ‘Spinning Gears’, Akutagawa drew from his own life to devastating effect, revealing his intense melancholy and terror of madness in exquisitely moving impressionistic stories.

Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 2006
ISBN: 9780143039846
Characteristics: li, 268 p. ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Murakami, Haruki 1949-
Rubin, Jay 1941-


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theorbys Jun 01, 2012

One of Japan's finest, most tragic writers. This is a remarkable collection of short stories and unfortunately about as much as you can find in English by Akutagawa. The first two, Rashomon and In A Bamboo Grove, were the basis of Kurosawa's film, Rashomon. Spinning Gears is a hallucinatory, autobiographical record of a mind spinning into madness and suicide.


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