"Rashomon" and Seventeen Other Stories
By (author) Ryunosuke Akutagawa
Introduction by Haruki Murakami
Translated by Jay Rubin
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Rashomon and Seventeen Other Stories by Ryunosuke Akutagawa
Book DescriptionRyunosuke 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. 'Rashomon' 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.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780143039846
(215mm x 148mm x 22mm)
Imprint: Penguin Classics
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publish Date: 18-Nov-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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3 Strange Tales, Paperback / softback (November 2012)
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Beautiful and the Grotesque, Paperback (September 2010)
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Mandarins, Paperback (February 2010)» View all books by Ryunosuke Akutagawa
Stunning tales from master storyteller: superbly nuanced prose, subtly exposing the human psyche. Borges loved him.
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Author Biography - Ryunosuke Akutagawa
Akutagawa Ryunosuke, short-story writer, poet, and essayist, one of the first Japanese modernists translated into English. He was born in Tokyo in 1892, and began writing for student publications at the age of ten. He graduated from Tokyo University in 1916 with an English Literature degree and worked as a teacher before becoming a full time writer in 1919. His mother had gone mad suddenly just months after his birth and he was plagued by fear of inherited insanity all his life. He killed himself in 1927. Haruki Murakami (Introducer) has written eleven novels, eight volumes of short stories and numerous works of non-fiction, as well as translating much American literature into Japanese. His most famous novels are Norwegian Wood, The Wind-up Bird Chronicle, and Kafka on the Shore. Jay Rubin (Translator) has translated several of Murakami's works into English and is also the author of Haruki Murakami and the Music of Words. He has been professor of Japanese Literature at the Universities of Washington and Harvard.
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