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Rashomon and Other Stories: Akutagawa, Ryunosuke; Hibbet, Howard and Kojima, Takashi

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ISBN 10: 0804814570 / ISBN 13: 9780804814577
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FIRST EDITION. 1952 Charles E. Tuttle Hardcover, no dust jacket (issued with mylar cover) Some water staining on covers, endpages darkened, pages slightly toned. Still a hard-to-find First English Language Edition. NOT EX-LIBRARY!!!. Bookseller Inventory # 1010T731283

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Title: Rashomon and Other Stories: Akutagawa, ...

Binding: Jun 01, 2001

Book Condition:Collectible; Acceptable

Edition: 1st Edition

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This fascinating collection gave birth to a new paradigm when Akira Kurosawa made famous Akutagawa's disturbing tale of seven people recounting the same incident from shockingly different perspectives.

Writing at the beginning of the twentieth century, Ryunosuke Akutagawa created disturbing stories out of Japan's cultural upheaval. Whether his fictions are set centuries past 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 chilling story of the killing of a samurai through the testimony of witnesses, including the spirit of the murdered man. The fable-like "Yam Gruel" is an account of desire and humiliation, but one in which the reader's sympathy is thoroughly unsettled. And in "The Martyr," a beloved orphan raised by Jesuit priests is exiled when he refuses to admit that he made a local girl pregnant. 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 exciting voice of modern Japanese literature.

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Rashomon-An atmosphere of decadence in early Kyoto. A ghoul at work shocks a would-be thief into something like honesty.

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