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Description - Rashomon and Other Stories by Ryunosuke Akutagawa

This collection of six short stories, most of which have never been translated before, includes "In a Grove", a psychologically sophisticated tale about murder, rape, and suicide; "Rashomon", the story of a thief scared into honesty by an encounter with a ghoul; and "Kesa and Morito", the story of man driven to kill someone he doesn't hate by a lover whom he doesn't love."There are enough Swiftian touches in Akutagawa to show his hatred of stupidity, greed, hypocrisy and the rising jingoism of the day. But Akutagawa's artistic integrity kept him from joining his contemporaries in the easy social criticism or naive introspection...What he did was question the values of his society, dramatize the complexities of human psychology, and study, with a Zen taste for paradox, the precarious balance of illusion and reality."-Howard Hibbett, from the IntroductionClassic Japanese stories include: In a Grove; Rashomon; Yam Gruel; The Martyr; Kesa and Morito; The Dragon.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9784805308820
ISBN-10: 4805308826
Format: Paperback
(203mm x 130mm x 9mm)
Pages: 128
Imprint: Tuttle Shokai Inc
Publisher: Tuttle Shokai Inc
Publish Date: 15-Nov-2007
Country of Publication: Japan

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Author Biography - Ryunosuke Akutagawa

Ryunosuke Akutagawa was the author of over 100 short stories. Described as one of the best-read men of his generation, he received a degree in English Literature at Tokyo Imperial University and published translations of Anatole France and W.B. Yeats. In 1927, Ryunosuke Akutagawa committed suicide at the age of thirty-five.

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