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Rashomon & 17 Other Stories by Ryunosuke Akutagawa
Penguin Random House

Rashomon & 17 Other Stories by Ryunosuke Akutagawa

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Trade paperback format.  Translated by Jay Rubin, introduction by Haruki Murakami.

A stunning deluxe edition of one of Penguin Classics’ most popular translations

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.