Rashomon and Other Stories

Rashomon and Other Stories


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ISBN-13: 9784805308820
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
Publication date: 11/15/2007
Series: Tuttle Classics
Edition description: Original
Pages: 128
Product dimensions: 5.12(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Ryunosuke Akutagawa was the author of over 100 short stories. Described as one of the best-read men of his generation, he received a degree in English Literature from Tokyo Imperial University and published translations by Anatole France and W. B. Yeats. Two of his short stories from this collection became the basis of the award-winning movie Rashomon by famed director Akira Kurosawa. In 1927, he committed suicide at the age of thirty-five.

Table of Contents

In a Grove17
Yam Gruel41
The Martyr66
Kesa and Morito82
The Dragon94

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Rashomon and Other Stories 3.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
poetontheone on LibraryThing 10 months ago
As far as one can gleam from these translations, the prose of Akutagawa is driven less by narrative and imagery and more by subtle examinations of character. The prose is always evident as the work as a careful yet detached observer, even when writing from first person which seldom occurs. In this regard, Akutagawa seems to resemble O. Henry or Maupassant more than Mori Ogai or any of his Japanese contemporaries. The writing seems a little dry, though this may be the fault of the translator more than anything. From the little of it that I've read, I don't think it would hurt to suggest the more extensive volume of selections translated by Jay Rubin over this one. The writing seems much more descriptive and lively than it does here.
g026r on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Classic though this may be, I found that the 6 stories in my volume did nothing for me. The translation, by Takashi Kojima, probably didn't help as I found the style of the prose to be uninspiring, which meant that all I was left with were the stories themselves ¿ and those I found to be tiresome, mean-spirited, and somewhat on the trite side. (For some inexplicable reason I was reminded of O. Henry while reading. I have no idea why.)That said, it's just odd to read a book that includes footnotes explaining what sushi is.
iftyzaidi on LibraryThing 10 months ago
A collection of short stories by Japanese author Akutagawa which include two stories that the Akira Kurosawa-directed classic 'Rashomon' was based on: (The Grove and Rashomon). Interesting and worth a look, but a bit bare, given there are only a handful of stories here.
karl karlsson More than 1 year ago
The preview didn't show any actual text from the book. It is filled with glitchy characters and formatting errors that make it unreadable.
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