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1 Akutagawa, Ryunosuke RASHOMON AND OTHER STORIES
Tuttle Publishing 2007 4805308826 / 9784805308820 Paperback Very Good 
Rashomon and Other Stories by Ryunosuke Akutagawa A brilliant collection of short stories from an acknowledged master of the genre Editorial Reviews "There are enough Swiftian touches in Akutagawa to show his hatred of stupi dity, greed, hypocrisy, and the rising jingoism of the day. But Akutagawa's artistic integrity kept him from joining his contemporaries in the easy so cial criticism or naive introspectionÓWhat he did was question the values o f his society, dramatize the complexities of human psychology, and study, w ith a Zen taste for paradox, the balance of illusion and reality."-Howard H ibbett - From the Publisher Because I was a Japanese major in college, a very nice edition of a transla tion of Rashomon and Other Stories by Ryunosuke Akutagawa had been left for me at my bedside, to read while I was there and to take with me when I lef t. Thoughtful, I thought. And fitting. Even more fitting, that friend and I no longer speak, and I am sure we have very different versions as to why t hat is." - David Rakoff - The New York Times Book Review. 
Price: 650.00 JPY
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2 Akutagawa, Ryunosuke RASHOMON AND OTHER STORIES
Tuttle Publishing 2001 0804814570 / 9780804814577 Paperback Very Good 
This fascinating collection gave birth to a new paradigm when Akira Kurosaw a made famous Akutagawa's disturbing tale of seven people recounting the sa me incident from shockingly different perspectives.Writing at the beginning of the twentieth century, Ryunosuke Akutagawa created disturbing stories o ut of Japan's cultural upheaval. Whether his fictions are set centuries pas t or close to the present, Akutagawa was a modernist, writing in polished, superbly nuanced prose subtly exposing human needs and flaws. "In a Grove," which was the basis for Kurosawa's classic film Rashomon, tells the chilli ng story of the killing of a samurai through the testimony of witnesses, in cluding the spirit of the murdered man. The fable-like "Yam Gruel" is an ac count of desire and humiliation, but one in which the reader's sympathy is thoroughly unsettled. And in "The Martyr," a beloved orphan raised by Jesui t priests is exiled when he refuses to admit that he made a local girl preg nant. He regains their love and respect only at the price of his life. All six tales in the collection show Akutagawa as a master storyteller and an e xciting voice of modern Japanese literature. 
Price: 550.00 JPY
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