Rashomon And Seventeen Other Stories

Paperback | March 3, 2009

byRyunosuke AkutagawaIntroduction byHaruki MurakamiTranslated byJay Rubin

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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.

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

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Ryunosuke 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...

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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Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 7.79 × 5.1 × 0.75 inPublished:March 3, 2009Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Odd yet interesting Rashomon and Seventeen Other Stories by Ryunosuke Akutagawa is written extremely well. Descriptions are told in such a way that everything is clear. Instead of going on and on about what the character is wearing and how the character looks, Akutagawa hints at it throughout the story, thus keeping the story interesting. The stories are odd yet interesting. A World In Decay: -Rashomon: There is a lowly servant that is sitting under the Rashomon gate with nowhere to go. He is given new hope… -In a Bamboo Grove: A man is found dead in a bamboo gove, but everyone has a different story to tell. -The Nose: The Naigu (prist) with an unusually long nose that dangles “…down a good six inches from above his upper lip to below his chin.” (27) is very uncomfortable with nose-related topics. -Dragon: The Old Potter’s Tale: E’in, a priest with a gigantic nose decides to play a trick on people that make fun of his nose. -The Spider Thread: In paradise, Lord Buddha Shakyamuni decides to allow a sinner up to paradise with a spider’s thread. This sinner is Kandata, a robber, who committed only one good deed in his entire life. 3/5
Date published: 2009-01-01