Rashomon and Seventeen Other Stories by Ryunosuke Akutagawa

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.

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The 660th greatest fiction book of all time


This book is on the following lists:

  1. - 100 Life-Changing Books (National Book Award)
  2. - 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die (The Book)

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Rashomon and Seventeen Other Stories: (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) Kindle Edition 1760483 $10.56 2006
Rashomon and Seventeen Other Stories Library Binding 11289533 $23.46 2009
Rashomon and Seventeen Other Stories (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) Paperback 888198 $5.70 $0.79 2006
Rashomon and Seventeen Other Stories (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) Paperback 110262 $9.50 $7.01 2009
Rashomon and Seventeen Other Stories (Penguin Classics) Kindle Edition 263266 $9.99 2007