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Feb 23, 2016 Ad Blankestijn rated it liked it · review of another edition
Ryunosuke Akutagawa (1892-1927) was a short story writer, essayist and haiku poet who died young at age 35, but whose about one hundred stories and novellas have become a hard and fast part of the canon of modern Japanese literature, not in the least thanks to his stylistic perfectionism and keen psychological insight. The present book contains ten stories, but is an older (and not very good) translation which is completely superseded by Jay Rubin's "Rashomon and 17 other stories" and Charles De ...more
Jul 11, 2009 Gertrude & Victoria rated it really liked it · review of another edition
Japanese Short Stories is a representative collection of Akutagawa's rich and elegant prose. This book contains eleven of his best known and most cherished short stories. This is a delightful anthology demonstrates Akutagawa's rare skills as a writer of short prose works. They span the depth and breadth of his imaganation. Although I didn't have a clear favorite, they are all pleasant and essential pieces of this writer's genius, from which we can gain a better understanding of the artist and hi ...more
Akutagawa was a great writer of brilliant, bitter tales. None of this awful 1970 publication is his fault - poor translation, awkward collection, a patronising title and foreword. This is the problem with translated literature, I guess - sometimes you get cases like this where the result is just not right.
Akutagawa Ryūnosuke or Ryūnosuke Akutagawa (芥川 龍之介) 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, a ...moreMore about Ryūnosuke Akutagawa...