ISBN 9780140449709,Rashomon and Seventeen Other Stories

Rashomon and Seventeen Other Stories


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ISBN 9780140449709

Penguin Books

Publication Year 2009

ISBN 9780140449709

ISBN-10 0140449701


Edition 3rd
Number of Pages 320 Pages
Language (English)


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 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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