The Essential Akutagawa: Rashomon, Hell Screen, Cogwheels, A Fool's Life and Other Short Fiction

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Marsilio, 1999 - Fiction - 207 pages
8 Reviews
Akutagawa's voice is one of the most remarkable in modern Japanese fiction: an acutely intelligent mind, a humiliated soul, engaging as readily with Baudelaire as with Confucius. These narratives and vignettes -- some having received little attention until now -- delicately dovetail ancient myth with modern reflection. Akutagawa combines Eastern sentiment with Western thought to astonishing effect, offering a uniquely moving insight into mental and social fragmentation.

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Review: The Essential Akutagawa: Rashomon, Hell Screen, Cogwheels, a Fool's Life and Other Short Fiction

User Review  - T-Rose - Goodreads

i thought this was absolutely astounding and would read as such an enjoyment to anyone. I found myself utterly astonished by muchof the actual storylines, rather than the author's writing style. I ... Read full review

Review: The Essential Akutagawa: Rashomon, Hell Screen, Cogwheels, a Fool's Life and Other Short Fiction

User Review  - James Nicolay - Goodreads

On the subject of beauty, one of the my favorite lines from literature is the curse of the witches in the Shakespearean tragedy masterpiece, Macbeth. When the three weird sisters utter, “Fair is foul ... Read full review

Contents

Rashomon
3
Kesa and Morito
21
The Ball
71
Copyright

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About the author (1999)

Brilliant, sensitive, neurotic, Akutagawa Ryunosuke left over 100 stories before his suicide at age 35. Feudal fables are often the source for his tales, but Akutagawa also brought his knowledge of several world literatures to enrich his writing. His best-known story, "In a Grove" ("Yabu no naka"), has become a play and was made into the prizewinning movie Rashomon by Kurosawa Akira (see Vol. 3).

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