Rashomon and Seventeen Other Stories

Rashomon and Seventeen Other Stories - Penguin Classics

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Synopsis

Ryünosuke 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. '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.

Book information

ISBN: 9780140449709
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Imprint: Penguin Classics
Pub date:
DEWEY: 895.6344
DEWEY edition: 22
Language: English
Sales rank: 7421
Number of pages: 268
Weight: 236g
Height: 197mm
Width: 129mm
Spine width: 19mm