Rashōmon and Seventeen Other Stories

Rash mon and Seventeen Other Stories This collection features a brilliant new translation of the Japanese master s stories from the source for the movie Rash mon to his later autobiographical writings Ry nosuke Akutagawa is o

  • Title: Rashōmon and Seventeen Other Stories
  • Author: Ryūnosuke Akutagawa Jay Rubin Haruki Murakami Yoshihiro Tatsumi
  • ISBN: 9780143039846
  • Page: 460
  • Format: Paperback
  • This collection features a brilliant new translation of the Japanese master s stories, from the source for the movie Rash mon to his later, autobiographical writings.Ry nosuke Akutagawa 1892 1927 is one of Japan s foremost stylists a modernist master whose short stories are marked by highly original imagery, cynicism, beauty and wild humour Rash mon and In a BThis collection features a brilliant new translation of the Japanese master s stories, from the source for the movie Rash mon to his later, autobiographical writings.Ry nosuke Akutagawa 1892 1927 is one of Japan s foremost stylists a modernist master whose short stories are marked by highly original imagery, cynicism, beauty and wild humour Rash mon and In a Bamboo Grove inspired Kurosawa s magnificent film and depict a past in which morality is turned upside down, while tales such as The Nose , O Gin and Loyalty paint a rich and imaginative picture of a medieval Japan peopled by Shoguns and priests, vagrants and peasants And in later works such as Death Register , The Life of a Stupid Man and Spinning Gears , Akutagawa drew from his own life to devastating effect, revealing his intense melancholy and terror of madness in exquisitely moving impressionistic stories.A WORLD IN DECAY Rash mon In a Bamboo Grove The Nose Dragon The Old Potter s Tale The Spider Thread Hell ScreenUNDER THE SWORD Dr Ogata Ry sai Memorandum O Gin LoyaltyMODERN TRAGICOMEDY The Story of a Head That Fell Off Green Onions Horse LegsAKUTAGAWA S OWN STORY Daid ji Shinsuke The Early Years The Writer s Craft The Baby s Sickness Death Register The Life of a Stupid Man Spinning Gears

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    • Ryūnosuke Akutagawa Jay Rubin Haruki Murakami Yoshihiro Tatsumi

      Akutagawa Ry nosuke was one of the first prewar Japanese writers to achieve a wide foreign readership, partly because of his technical virtuosity, partly because his work seemed to represent imaginative fiction as opposed to the mundane accounts of the I novelists of the time, partly because of his brilliant joining of traditional material to a modern sensibility, and partly because of film director Kurosawa Akira s masterful adaptation of two of his short stories for the screen.Akutagawa was born in the Ky bashi district Tokyo as the eldest son of a dairy operator named Shinbara Toshiz and his wife Fuku He was named Ry nosuke Dragon Offshoot because he was born in the Year of the Dragon, in the Month of the Dragon, on the Day of the Dragon, and at the Hour of the Dragon 8 a.m Seven months after Akutagawa s birth, his mother went insane and he was adopted by her older brother, taking the Akutagawa family name Despite the shadow this experience cast over Akutagawa s life, he benefited from the traditional literary atmosphere of his uncle s home, located in what had been the downtown section of Edo.At school Akutagawa was an outstanding student, excelling in the Chinese classics He entered the First High School in 1910, striking up relationships with such classmates as Kikuchi Kan, Kume Masao, Yamamoto Y z , and Tsuchiya Bunmei Immersing himself in Western literature, he increasingly came to look for meaning in art rather than in life In 1913, he entered Tokyo Imperial University, majoring in English literature The next year, Akutagawa and his former high school friends revived the journal Shinshich New Currents of Thought , publishing translations of William Butler Yeats and Anatole France along with original works of their own Akutagawa published the story Rash mon in the magazine Teikoku bungaku Imperial Literature in 1915 The story, which went largely unnoticed, grew out of the egoism Akutagawa confronted after experiencing disappointment in love The same year, Akutagawa started going to the meetings held every Thursday at the house of Natsume S seki, and thereafter considered himself S seki s disciple.The lapsed Shinshich was revived yet again in 1916, and S seki lavished praise on Akutagawa s story Hana The Nose when it appeared in the first issue of that magazine After graduating from Tokyo University, Akutagawa earned a reputation as a highly skilled stylist whose stories reinterpreted classical works and historical incidents from a distinctly modern standpoint His overriding themes became the ugliness of human egoism and the value of art, themes that received expression in a number of brilliant, tightly organized short stories conventionally categorized as Edo mono stories set in the Edo period , ch mono stories set in the Heian period , Kirishitan mono stories dealing with premodern Christians in Japan , and kaika mono stories of the early Meiji period The Edo mono include Gesaku zanmai A Life Devoted to Gesaku, 1917 and Kareno sh Gleanings from a Withered Field, 1918 the ch mono are perhaps best represented by Jigoku hen Hell Screen, 1918 the Kirishitan mono include Hok nin no shi The Death of a Christian, 1918 , and kaika mono include But kai The Ball, 1920.Akutagawa married Tsukamoto Fumiko in 1918 and the following year left his post as English instructor at the naval academy in Yokosuka, becoming an employee of the Mainichi Shinbun This period was a productive one, as has already been noted, and the success of stories like Mikan Mandarin Oranges, 1919 and Aki Autumn, 1920 prompted him to turn his attention increasingly to modern materials This, along with the introspection occasioned by growing health and nervous problems, resulted in a series of autobiographically based stories known as Yasukichi mono, after the name of the main character Works such as Daid ji Shinsuke no hansei The Early Life of

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    • For a person drunk on the film society culture prevalent in Kerala during the Seventies and Eighties, Rashomon is a magic word.Akira Kurasowa s film enjoys cult status among movie buffs It is rivetting in its presentation of truth in many layers, presented as a conversation among three people a woodcutter, a priest and a commoner who take shelter under the ramshackle Rashomon city gates to escape a downpour The story is the death murder of a man, the rape of a woman and the capture of a bandit r [...]

    • Note on Japanese Name Order and PronunciationAcknowledgmentsChronology NotesIntroduction Akutagawa Ry nosuke Downfall of the Chosen, by Murakami HarukiFurther ReadingTranslator s NoteA World in Decay Rash mon In a Bamboo Grove The Nose Dragon The Old Potter s Tale The Spider Thread Hell ScreenUnder the Sword Dr Ogata Ry sai Memorandum O Gin LoyaltyModern Tragicomedy The Story of a Head That Fell Off Green Onions Horse LegsAkutagawa s Own Story Daid ji Shinsuke The Early Years The Writer s Craft [...]

    • Good, but Yes I did it I ve committed one of the ultimate literary sacrileges of all time I read Akutagawa Ryunosuke in translation when I could have read it in original Japanese I am guilty as charged I just couldn t resist a book with such a cool cover and Murakami s introduction plus his trusted Jay Rubin doing the translation Having said that, I did read it along with the actual Japanese text in front of me to see how well Jay Rubin has grappled with difficult early 19th century Japanese and [...]

    • Obviously the difficulty of rating collections of stories is the fact that they don t necessarily all rate equally About a third of these stories are easily knock out 5 star fantastic The other two thirds I d rate mostly 4 stars with a few 3 stars All worth reading and in general I think this is probably a good intro to Akutagawa s work in that it contains a nice cross section of his work from the earliest historical stories to his later primarily autobiographical stories.I personally preferred [...]

    • DNF 39%These stories are not bad but I just can t muster any real enthusiasm for them.It is not helped by the stories being unconneced and by themselves not being great examples of the short story format.Of course, they were not written as short stories in the Western literary sense It s just that the way they are written is boring me stiff.Maybe I ll pick this up again at a later date, but right now, this is not working for me.

    • Akutagawa known as the Father of Japanese short stories stays true to his designation with this collection of metaphysically refined stories The rendered stories The Grove, Yam Gruel, Rashomon, Martyr to name a few highlights Akutagawa s preference for macabre themes of immortality, depression, virtue, chaos and death These stories encompass a constant battle of skepticism prevailing over virtue of morality v s existence of evil In Rashomon, the act of the ghoulish old woman picking out long hai [...]

    • First read in 2007In his characteristically measured, conversational introduction to this book, Murakami Haruki tells us that Akutagawa is his third favourite author in the modern post 1868 Japanese canon after Soseki and Tanizaki Rather than giddily enthusing about the author, Murakami carefully contextualises him in Japanese literature and culture Akutagawa lived during a brief period of prosperity and political liberalism between WWI and the Depression in 1929, and combined appreciative immer [...]

    • Throughout my life I ve been experiencing the strangest tendency when reading a really great literary work after finishing a particularly brilliant passage story poem, I just have to put the book down for while, to stop reading it altogether as if I was afraid that this was the peak and nothing better will follow Sometimes this takes days of sweet pondering upon the writer s craft I like savouring these moments, they occur rarely, bringing me much pleasure and gently nudging me into thinking abo [...]

    • It s unfortunate for the gods that, unlike us, they cannot commit suicide I don t have the strength to keep writing this To go on living with this feeling is painful beyond description Isn t there someone kind enough to strangle me in my sleep Two quote that stood out to me and I only can understand them after looking up about this writer He seemed to have a lot going on in his mind unfortunately, but he seemed to write a lot short stories before he killed himself I guess when reading these stor [...]

    • When I read my first Murakami, a compilation of short stories called After the Quake, I was amazed by his refreshing originality Some of his stories, indeed, had the effect of an earthquake to me There were jolting, sudden and unexpected turns In one, a man and a woman, after a brief introduction, make love Then, out of nowhere, the man felt a sudden impulse to kill her In another story, the characters were on a beach Tears suddenly flow down from the eyes of one character, then they talk of kil [...]

    • It s hard to review something like Ry nosuke Akutagawa sRash mon and Seventeen Other Stories it s too complex, too often inducing a What was that I read , too deep, and yet approachable, very readable I found this book by chance while surfing , and was immediately attracted byRash mon, since I am a fan of Kurosawa s, and am all admiration for that particular film the plot of which, ironically, draws from Akutagawa s In the Bamboo Grove than it does fromRash mon itself I bought the book and told [...]

    • In his undated perhaps 2006 introduction, Haruki Murakami gives us what he thinks would be Japan s 10 most important writers of national stature They are writers that left us works of the first rank that vividly reflect the mentality of the Japanese people the works must have the power to survive at least a quarter century after the writer s death The important thing is whether each of them as an individual human being embraced an awareness of the great questions of the age, accepted his or her [...]

    • Wowjustwow.I never though I could find myself this immersed in a book before and finish it this quickly The last time I finished a long book this quickly was 4 5 years ago when I read Jonathan Stroud s The Amulet of Samarkand in one night This was a good book to start reading the night of my birthday What a real treat indeed I was expecting to finish this AFTER A Man of All Seasons , which I was already over halfway done with and I got there from only two days worth of readingbut nope This beat [...]

    • Reading Ryunosuke Akutakawa s Hell Screen is like reading Edgar Allan Poe However, Rashomon here was merely the inception of the 1950 film directed by Akira Kurosawa since, according to the Translator s Note, the director used only the first two short stories Rashomon In a Bamboo Grove and Shinobu Hashimoto helped him rewrite the whole screenplay.I m sorry I ve never seen the film before, however, some 40 years ago I read its screenplay in Thai Therefore, it s interesting to find its complete sc [...]

    • Verdant vignettes vibrate across the reader s eyes, as the are drawn into the splendiferous similes which dance across the page, shimmering like the pale reflection of sun light on pebbles in a Japanese garden Akutagawa fused he aesthetics of haiku with the psychology of Dostoevsky and other Western writers style and form are as central to his stories as structure, psychology and characters, yet few short story writers are able to match the sheer diversity of Akutagawa s ouvre whether it be Gogo [...]

    • The interpreted stories included in this collection reflect an intelligence that is well read, perceptive and deeply aware of human foibles Through the language of ancient Eastern folk tales, half of the short stories are entertaining and revealing The author writes in the years of 1915 to 1925, in Japan, using Chinese and Japanese literary and cultural themes that not only educate the reader in Eastern literature, but also demonstrate that humanity is the same whether living in the East or West [...]

    • I like how the stories are being told, told by a master storyteller However, to talk about thieves, corpses, and corpses and such morbid things doesn t appeal to me At least, I gave it a try and came out of my literary shell

    • Akutagawa was a tortured soul, and his writing is at its best when he stares the darkness of human life in the face In his own life he was unable to find any kind of resolution to the darkness except for perhaps using it as a fuel for art, and his stories illustrate this, especially Hell Screen which is the best story in this collection In a Bamboo Grove is also a great story for this reason as eel, and the revelation at the end of it makes the reader feel like he is staring into the abyss While [...]

    • I m a big fan of the movie The title story, interestingly, is not the same as the movie Well, at least most of it It s the following story in the collection, In a Bamboo Grove, that Kurosawa based his masterpiece on It s a good story, but not, by far, the best in the collection The title story Rashomon, which precedes Bamboo Grove is one blackest stories I ve ever read It s one of those rare instances where the movie is better than the story it s based on It s not that the story is bad, it s jus [...]

    • The first Akutagawa story I ever read was Sennin , the first story in the Borges edited anthology The Book of Fantasy , and I was impressed with its quirky and ironic flavour I resolved to seek out Akutagawa, so I was delighted when I chanced on this Penguin Classics volume containing eighteen of his tales.It s a retrospective of his entire life s work he died when he was only thirty five and divided into four sections.The first section is devoted to his early stories Rashomon is the most famou [...]

    • Rashomon tells the story of a lowly servant sheltering from the rain on the steps of a rashomon outer castle gate He has recently been laid off and sits pondering his future He hears a sound and ventures inside the rashomon to see what it was Inside are heaps of dead bodies from the recent plague and a strange old woman wandering about, going through the corpses clothes The servant attacks the old woman, strips her of her clothing, throws her onto the heap, and runs off In a Bamboo Grove feature [...]

    • I can t recommend this collection highly enough I had previously read In a Bamboo Grove and thought the story masterful, but to discover the other works in this collection has been a journey of discovery Akutagawa s range and depth is highly skilled I loved the stories which combined the supernatural with social commentary Favourites included the classic Rashomon, the bizarre afterlife of Horse Legs, the tragic ending of Spinning Gears and the incredible opening of The Story of a Head that Fell [...]

    • Hmm, these stories are so unlike what I m used to expecting shorts to be like They re like folklore or legends It s quite impressive to think a once living man could have created such timeless stories Don t such narratives take centuries to shape, passed from one generation to the next by old women making yarn or silk thread I m not sure whether to be amused or annoyed that Murakami gives Akutagawa such grudging praise in his introduction to this edition Couldn t the publisher find another Japan [...]

    • Reading Akutagawa for the first time and I wasn t disappointed If you read the short stories in one go, you might not be able to appreciate it completely, so my advice would be to take your own time.My favorite part of the book were the stories which were autobiographical in nature, it shows the deep depression and fears of the author but it also shows his skills as a writer in being able to turn his own fears and sadness into art.

    • These collections of stories may have broken me.I realise the way the collection was edited and structured it s going for that kind of impact, and yes it hook line and sinker Short story collection by their very nature are hit and miss, the way the author writes something, how the reader reacts to the piece As Murakami writes in his introduction, this collection is a best of for Akuagawa And, yeah, Akutagawa is good, really good, really really good Classic Akutagawa, has this modern sensibility [...]

    • This is a brilliant collection of short stories that highlights the modernist period perfectly Akutagawa s mind is filled with dark humor, cynicism, and grit His reflections on his own life the last third are horribly beautiful, and the progression of his depression becomes and evident as the end draws near Overall it was gloriously heartbreaking, and Jay Rubin did a brilliant job with the translation as far as I know I don t speak Japanese.

    • In 2016 I realized that I have a fondness of reading books from other countries When you read about different people in different places and time periods you just come to many realizations one of which is that we are all closely linked then we assume Cultures may be different but deep down we are all humans beings and thus we are capable to experiencing the same thing another human being is able to.I specifically wanted to read the literary novels from different countries because it gives you a [...]

    • Unfortunately not as beautifully translated to English as it is beautifully written in Japanese I was fortunate enough to have a Japanese friend read and explain the original texts to me Nevertheless, hats off to Jay Rubin for his translations, and for the insightful footnotes included within this book.

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