Japanese Short Stories
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Jul 11, 2009 Gertrude & Victoria rated it 4 of 5 stars · 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, an...moreMore about Ryūnosuke Akutagawa...