Rashōmon and Seventeen Other Stories by Ryūnosuke AkutagawaThis collection features a brilliant new translation of the Japanese masters stories, from the source for the movie Rashōmon to his later, more autobiographical writings.
Ryūnosuke 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. ‘Rashōmon’ 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.
A WORLD IN DECAY
- In a Bamboo Grove
- The Nose
- Dragon: The Old Potters Tale
- The Spider Thread
- Hell Screen
UNDER THE SWORD
- Dr. Ogata Ryōsai: Memorandum
- The Story of a Head That Fell Off
- Green Onions
- Horse Legs
AKUTAGAWAS OWN STORY
- Daidōji Shinsuke: The Early Years
- The Writers Craft
- The Babys Sickness
- Death Register
- The Life of a Stupid Man
- Spinning Gears
Rashomon and Seventeen Other Stories (Penguin Classics) (Translation) [Paperback]
For a person drunk on the film society culture prevalent in Kerala during the Seventies and Eighties, this is a magic word. The story is the death murder? I had heard about this movie a lot before actually seeing it; and it lived up to its hype and more when I finally got around to seeing it. But this post is not about the movie. It is about the magical short story which was its inspiration — and other stories like it, penned by one of the great figures of Japanese literatures, the turn-of-the-century novelist Ryunosuke Akutagawa. It was only after joining Goodreads that I came to know about this book, and was immediately hungry for it. Having read it, it has left me hungry for more by the same author, and Japanese literature in general.
Akutagawa Ryunosuke, short-story writer, poet, and essayist, one of the first Japanese modernists translated into English. He was born in Tokyo in , and began writing for student publications at the age of ten.
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Saturday, October 17, From Indianapolis Japanese Literature Association. This is a past event. Specifically, we shall be reading Rashomon and Seventeen Other Stories; this edition has been translated by Jay Rubin and contains an introduction by another notable Japanese writer, Haruki Murakami. If you know nothing about Japanese literature, Akutagawa is a great writer with whom to start.
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