Rashomon and Seventeen Other Stories

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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.

ISBN: 9780140449709

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Including both famous and little-known works, some translated into English for the first time, this volume reveals Akutagawa in a new light. In his introduction, Murakami explores Akutagawa’s place in Japanese culture and influence on his own writing, while Rubin’s translations capture the spirit of the originals.

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Weight0.236 kg
Dimensions19.8 × 12.9 × 1.8 cm
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Paperback

Pages

268

Language

English

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Dewey

895.6344 (edition:22)

Readership

General – Trade / Code: K

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