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1 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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