Rashomon and Seventeen Other Stories

Ryünosuke Akutagawa 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 RegisterThe 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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Ryünosuke Akutagawa 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 RegisterThe 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: Penguin Classics

Paperback

2009

ISBN: 9780140449709