Rashomon and Seventeen Other Stories: (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)

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Penguin, Oct 31, 2006 - Fiction - 320 pages
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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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Contents

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STUDIES OF AKUTAGAWA
A WORLD IN DECAY
UNDER THE SWORD
MODERN TRAGICOMEDY
AKUTAGAWAS OWN STORY
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1 The Era
3 The House
4 Tokyo
6 Illness
Flowers of Fire
9 Cadavers
11 Dawn
13 The Masters Death12

The Testimony of a Woodcutter under Questioning by the Magistrate
The Testimony of a Traveling Priest under Questioning by the Magistrate
The Testimony of a Policeman under Questioning by the Magistrate
The Testimony of an Old Woman under Questioning by the Magistrate
Tajōmarus Confession
Penitent Confession of a Woman in the Kiyomizu Temple
The Testimony of the Dead Mans Spirit Told through a Medium
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1 Maejima Rinemon
2 Tanaka Usaemon
3 Bloodshed
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1 Honjo
2 Cows Milk
3 Poverty
4 School
5 Books
6 Friends
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16 Pillow
19 ManMade Wings
21 Crazy Girl
22 A Painter
24 The Birth
25 Strindberg
28 Murder
30 Rain
32 Fight
34 Color
35 Comic Puppet
37 Woman of Hokuriku24
39 Mirrors
41 Illness
43 Night
45 Divan26
47 Playing with Fire
49 Stuffed Swan
50 Captive
51 Defeat
1 Raincoats
2 Vengeance
3 Night
4 More?
5 Red Lights
6 Airplane
RASHŌMON Rashōmon
IN A BAMBOO GROVE Yabu no naka
THE NOSE Hana
THE OLD POTTERS TALE Ryū
THE SPIDER THREAD Kumo no ito
HELL SCREEN Jigokuhen
MEMORANDUM Ogata Ryōsai oboegaki
OGIN OGin
LOYALTY Chūgi
THE STORY OF A HEAD THAT FELL OFF Kubi ga ochita hanashi
GREEN ONIONS Negi
HORSE LEGS Uma no ashi
THE EARLY YEARS Daidōji Shinsuke no hanseiAru seishinteki fūkeiga
THE WRITERS CRAFT Bunshō
THE BABYS SICKNESS Kodomo no byōki
DEATH REGISTER Tenkibo
THE LIFE OF A STUPID MAN Aru ahō no isshō
SPINNING GEARS Haguruma
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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 becoming a full time writer in 1919. His mother had gone mad suddenly just months after his birth and he was plagued by fear of inherited insanity all his life. He killed himself in 1927.

Haruki Murakami has written eleven novels, eight volumes of short stories and numerous works of non-fiction, as well as translating much American literature into Japanese. His most famous novels are Norwegian Wood, The Wind-up Bird Chronicle, and Kafka on the Shore.

Jay Rubin has translated several of Murakami's works into English and is also the author of Haruki Murakami and the Music of Words. He has been professor of Japanese Literature at the Universities of Washington and Harvard.


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