, 2007 - History
- 255 pages
"Extravagance and horror are in his work but never in his style, which is always crystal clear."-Jorge Luis Borges
"In [Akutagawa's] spare, textured prose . . . he brings us clear-eyed glimpses of human behavior."- The New York Times Book Review
In Mandarins, Akutagawa blends a sense of sad inevitability with subtle irony. Reflective and often humorous, these tales reveal an enormous amount about Japanese culture, but above all the inner struggles of the characters always strike the universal.
Ryunosuke Akutagawa was born in Tokyo in 1892. After a period of severe depression, Akutagawa committed suicide in 1927, at age thirty-five. Eight years after his death he was commemorated through the establishment of the Akutagawa Prize for literature, the most prestigious literary prize in Japan.