Rashomon And Seventeen Other Stories by Ryunosuke Akutagawa

Rashomon And Seventeen Other Stories

byRyunosuke AkutagawaIntroduction byHaruki MurakamiTranslated byJay Rubin

Paperback | March 3, 2009

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One of Penguin Classics' most popular translations—now also in our elegant black spine dress

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 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.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

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Akutagawa Ryunosuke (1892-1927), 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 ...
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Title:Rashomon And Seventeen Other StoriesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 7.79 × 5.1 × 0.75 inPublished:March 3, 2009Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0140449701

ISBN - 13:9780140449709

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