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Rashomon and Seventeen Other Storiesby Ryunosuke Akutagawa
Akutagawa specialized in acutely observed tales of classical Japan that often skirted the edges of the fantastic. Akiro Kurosawa's 1950 film Rashomon was adapted from a story included herein, though someone familiar with Kurosawa's work may be surprised to find the spooky, dry-ice ambiance of the source material closer in tone to the director's 1957 film Throne of Blood. Fans of Roberto Bolaño are especially encouraged to try Ryūnosuke Akutagawa.
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This collection features a brilliant new translation of the Japanese master's stories with an introduction by Haruki Murakami. Akutagawa's disturbing tales of human passion capture the cultural upheaval of early twentieth century Japan, ranging from In the Grove,” the basis of Kurosawa's famous film Rashomon, to Akutagawa's later, more autobiographical writings.
This collection features a brilliant new translation of the Japanese master's stories, from the source for the movie Rashomon to his later, more autobiographical writings.
About the Author
Ryunosuke Akutagawa (1892-1927) was one of Japan's greatest modern writers.
Haruki Murakami has written eleven novels, including Kafka on the Shore, as well as numerous other works.
Jay Rubin's translations include many of Haruki Murakami's works.
Yoshihiro Tatsumi is often called "the grandfather of Japanese alternative comics." His graphic novels include The Push Man and Other Stories.
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