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A collection of sophisticated and superbly nuanced stories from one of Japan's master storytellers. Reflective and often humorous, Akutagawa's tales reveal an enormous amount about... Read more
A collection of sophisticated and superbly nuanced stories from one of Japan's master storytellers. Reflective and often humorous, Akutagawa's tales reveal an enormous amount about Japanese culture, while the inner struggles of the characters remain universal.
Mandarins Paperback edition by Ryunosuke Akutagawa
Ryu ?nosuke Akutagawa (1892?1927), the "father of the Japanese short story," produced hundreds of stories over the course of his brief and tortured writing career. Akutagawa's work is marked by his profound knowledge of classical and contemporary literature from Japan, China, and the West. A strong autobiographical element also runs through much of his fiction. At the age of 35, Akutagawa died from an overdose of barbiturates, leaving behind a groundbreaking corpus of fiction.
Translator: Charles De Wolf is a professor at Keio University. A linguist by background, he has in recent years turned to the study and translation of modern Japanese literature. He has translated numerous stories from Konjaku Monogatari, a twelfth-century folktale collection, including the volume Tales of Days Gone By. His translations have appeared in Japan Airlines' Skyward magazine. De Wolf is also the author of How to Sound Intelligent in Japanese.
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