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3.81 of 5 stars 3.81  ·  rating details  ·  1,272 ratings  ·  85 reviews
Kappa sebuah karya memukau hasil pemikiran yang kacau dan jenius dari seorang intelektual paling terkemuka Jepang dalam era Meiji. Novel satire dan sebuah analis sosial tentang kehidupan masyarakat dan budaya Jepang. Kappa terjadi di suatu tempat di antara mimpi dan kenyataan. Novel ini diceritakan lewat orang pertama dari sudut pandang orang gila di rumah sakit jiwa, yang ...more
Paperback, 170 pages
Published August 1st 2009 by Interprebook KPP (Kelompok Penerbit Pinus) (first published 1927)
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"'Kappa' was born out of my disgust with many things, especially with myself."

A madman falls into Kappaland and recounts his adventures there. Akutagawa wrote it a year before his suicide and it's fairly clear he wasn't very happy.

"As I watched, the he-Kappa got her in his arms and bore her to the ground, their bodies locked in a tight embrace. They lay there together for a while. But when at last he stood up, there was a wretched look on his face that I can't quite put into words: it might hav
Apr 01, 2013 Rowena rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Rowena by: Takahiro
Shelves: japanese-lit
This was a fascinating Japanese novella about a man who finds himself in the land of the mythical Kappa.He lives there quite peacefully with the Kappa, and begins to analyze his own society based on what he sees in the Kappaland. I found it quite fascinating, and it reminded me a bit of Gulliver's Travels. Of course, perhaps I would have appreciated the satirical elements better had I known more about Japan's society at the time.
Jan 17, 2009 W.B. marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I'm reading this in a book whose design is supernally beautiful. The artwork is inspired and memorable. It's the 1949 edition from Hokuseido Press. This was published in occupied Japan. Hokuseido released a number of Akutagawa titles and they are all keepers; Hell Screen, for example, includes two full-color gatefold illustrations on delicate paper. These books can be had for less expense than the cheap paperback current edition being advertised here...and you will have a collectible that will o ...more
Ryan O'grady
Reading this Ryunosuke Akutagawa novel presented a challenge. Not only did my lack of familiarity with this period of Japanese history leave me without some necessary cultural context, I was also keenly aware of the hand of the translator. Translating the nuances of the Japanese language is tricky, particularly in a literary work. I often found myself wondering whether an especially difficult section read more fluidly in the original text. Fortunately, Akutagawa’s masterful storytelling transcen ...more
Harun Harahap

Kappa adalah sejenis hantu didalam cerita rakyat Jepang.

Ryunosuke menulis sebuah novel satire tentang seorang manusia yang masuk ke dunia Kappa. Dunia Kappa layaknya dunia manusia, berbagai profesi dari dokter hingga seniman dapat kita temukan.

Manusia tersebut mencoba mengkritisi kehidupan di dunia Kappa. Tapi ternyata kehidupan di dunia manusia sama buruknya atau lebih. Dari sosial kemasyarakatan hingga agama. Bagi seorang sarkastik seperti saya,novel ini membuat saya sering menganggukka
I came across this book in a (really small) Japanese section of the library. I had never heard of it before, but I was in the mood for some short stories. I’m so, so happy I read it.

Kappa is the first and the longest story (50 pages). It’s told in first person by a patient in a mental hospital. He describes how he once decided to climb a mountain and on his way, he saw a creature called kappa. After falling and losing consciousness, he wakes up in a place where kappas live (kappa-town?). He stay
Kappa is a very amusing book. Right at the beginning, we are introduced to the book by way of an ‘author’s preface’, where the ‘author’ tells us that he is merely writing down the story as narrated by a certain Patient No. 23 in a mental asylum. Patient No. 23 will tell his story, it is said, to anyone who is willing to listen.

His story is about this one time when he was out by himself on a summer’s day. There he had a surprise encounter with an odd creature that had a tiger’s face and a sharp b
masih di bagian awal, memang terasa seperti imajinasi si penulis tentang suatu dunia, yaitu kota kappa yg hampir mirip dg dunia manusia. namun apa yg serius di dunia mns adl komedi di kota kappa dan sebaliknya.
belum selesai sepenuhnya, hny saja di bagian akhir novel (hampir 1/3 tebal novel) justru berisi semacam biografi tentang ryonosuke yg ditulis oleh penulis lain, yang mengurangi makna dr novel itu sendiri.
sekarang dah selesai baca. ternyata menarik juga ni buku. novel tipis (cz cm dtu
Ika Diyah
Some said Japanese nouvels are weird. Aneh karena tema cerita nggak biasa, aneh karena imajinasi tanpa batas yang kadang membuat alis mengkerut dan otak kelelahan mencerna apa maksud setiap simbolisasi makna. Mungkin makna aneh bisa multiinterpretatif, kalau ingin tahu, bisa dicoba untuk membaca karya sastrawan Jepang, kabarnya, dari 4 nobelis Asia yg pernah ada, 2 orang diantaranya orang Jepang, Yasunari Kawabata dan Kenzaburo Oe). Ini karya pertama dari sastrawan Jepang yang aku baca, bercerit ...more
Novel ini tipis, hanya 170 halaman. Cerita Kappa sendiri malah hanya sampai halaman 121, selebihnya adalah kisah di sekeliling penulisnya –Ryunosuke Akutagawa, yang mengakhiri hidupnya dengan cara bunuh diri tidak lama setelah menulis secara singkat novel ini, 80 tahun yang lalu.
Iya, 80 tahun yang lalu. Saya juga sempat bertanya-tanya setelah pulang dari toko buku, kenapa dibeli sih? Sastra Jepang yang ditulis dalam era Meiji kalau tidak berat ya pastilah akan membuat saya menguap karena bosan d
Oct 18, 2007 Spiros rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who take a morbid interest in morbid authors
Shelves: bins
In my edition, the introduction, in tight, closely spaced type, is half as long as the text, which is in larger, wider spaced type. This, in the words of Lucille Bluth ("Arrested Development"), does not bode well. And so it chanced. As satire, I found it to be heavy handed; as a look into the psyche of Akutagawa Ryunosuke in the brief time before he killed himself, I found it to be poignant, but I have never found suicide notes to be all that edifying. In fact, I found that the introduction, by ...more
เรืองราวของชายคนหนึงทีเคยมีประสบการณเขาไปอยูในดินแดนของ "ขัปปะ" โลกทีผูเขียนเลากไมไดตางจากโลกมนุษยเทาใดนัก ตัวละครขับปะแตละตัวกลวนคลายกับมนุษยทีโลดแลนอยูบนโลก และมันแสบสันตเกินกวาจะเรียกวา "จิกกัด" สวนหนึงอาจจะดวยความคมคายของภาษาทำใหรูสึกวาเสียดสีมนุษยยุคนีแบบ "กัดจมเขียว" ดวยซำ จนไมนาเชือวาหนังสือเลมนีตีพิมพเกือบ 90 ปีมาแลว

หนังสือเลมนีตีพิมพครังแรกในปีเดียวกับทีผูเขียนตาย ถาใครพอทราบประวัติอาจรูสึกวาหลายเรืองคลายสภาพแวดลอมกอนตายของเขามาก โดยเฉพาะตัวขัปปะชือ "ทค" สวนตัวคิดวาผูเขียนใชตัวละครนีเพื
I enjoyed Kappa, although I'm not sure that I entirely "got it". Maybe I don't know enough about Japanese society in the 1920s to recognise the social mores Akutagawa is satirising. That said, there was enough universally relevant stuff to keep me interested: swipes at capitalism and greed; artistic pretension, et al.

There is an obvious poignancy about the suicide scene and the knowledge that Akutagawa took his own life a few months after writing this book.

As has been said by another reviewer, I
“Discernir con rigor los elementos orientales y occidentales de la obra de Akutagawa es acaso imposible (...) cierta tristeza reprimida, cierta preferencia por lo visual, cierta ligereza de pincelada, me parecen, a través de lo inevitablemente imperfecto de toda traducción, esencialmente japonesas. La extravagancia y el horror están en sus páginas, pero no en el estilo, que siempre es límpido.”
Jorge Luis Borges
Akutagawa confiesa que al escribir Kappa había pensado hacer un relato a la manera de
Sarah Echo
This is an enchanting story, mostly because it doesn’t try to be. The narrator tells the story of his life with the Kappas very matter-of-factly, which is what allows readers to suspend their natural disbelief and accept the reality of Kappaland and its inhabitants. Kappas are as different from each other as humans. Some are shy, some are arrogant, some are friendly, and all are unique. The lone human is accepted into their world readily, and they are all eager to teach him about their world. He ...more
Oct 09, 2008 Mona rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Mona by: no one
MY MOST FAVORITE BOOK ALL THE TIME. This book was the reason why I fall in love in Ryunosuke Akutagawa and other Japanese novels.

Even if you do not have a thing about fiction novel, I am sure you are not gonna regret reading this one.

The first copy I had was damaged by a friend of mine, so I bought myself the second one. Few years later came the new version (the publisher combined Kappa with other Akutagawa's stories) and I bought it too.
"Kappa es la narración de un loco, el paciente número 23, que nos relata sus peripecias en el mundo de estos seres fantásticos, al que accede tras caer por un agujero persiguiendo a uno de ellos (como Alicia en la madriguera de conejo). Al margen del tópico juego narrativo que implica la demencia del personaje, que hace dudar sobre la veracidad de la historia, la locura es un recurso muy importante en la obra de Akutagawa, tanto en el aspecto perso
Jun 24, 2007 Charmian rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those interested in Japanese literature, bitter satire
What I learned? Well, this is another expression of the psychic turmoil behind the bustle of Taisho/Meiji society. Despite the amusing conceit (man travels to the land of the Kappas), it's quite a grim satire. However, I prefer others of the author's works.
Ian Roditi
Un loquito que no quería ser loquito escribiendo sobre un loquito que no sabía que estaba loquito. Y que vivió en el mundo de los Kappas. O no.

Langit Amaravati
Sebetulnya saya ingin membuat resensi lengkap di blog. Tapi sejak bulan Februari, resensi itu tidak pernah selesai. Membaca Kappa membuat saya depresi, entah karena novel ini menggambarkan persona Akutagawa termasuk tindakan bunuh dirinya, atau karena terjemahannya yang mengenaskan.
Saya suka isu-isu yang diusung Akutagawa dalam novel ini. Kritisi dan satir terhadap situasi politik di Jepang terasa relevan dari zaman ke zaman, bahkan untuk situasi di Indonesia. Tapi, sekali lagi, membaca Kappa ti
Τι είναι τα Κάπα; Κάπα είναι κάποια πλάσματα που ανήκουν στην ιαπωνική μυθολογία. Έχουν μέγεθος μικρού παιδιού, πρόσωπο σαν και αυτό ενός τίγρη, ένα σκληρό ράμφος και το δέρμα τους είναι κάπως γλιστερό και αλλάζει χρώμα ανάλογα με το περιβάλλον. Επίσης είναι αμφίβια. Στην νουβέλα διαβάζουμε την αφήγηση του ασθενούς 23 ενός ψυχιατρείου, ο οποίος ταξίδεψε και έζησε για λίγο καιρό στην χώρα των Κάπα, γνωρίζοντας τον πολιτισμό τους και κάνοντας πολλούς φίλους. Τώρα αν όλα αυτά τα έζησε όντως ή απλώς ...more
کارخانه ی تولید کتاب شاید جالب ترین محلی بود که توجه مرا به خود جلب کرد. در کارخانه ی مزبور کاپای جوانی از مهندسین آنجا دستگاههای مختلف را به من نشان داد. به راستی از پیشرفتهای عظیم کاپاها در زمینه ی ماشینی کردن صنایع کشورشان دچار حیرت شدم، در ضمن شنیدم تولید کتاب آن کارخانه به رقمی حدود هفت میلیون نسخه رسیده است. اما چیزی که مرا به شگفتی انداخت در واقع میزان تولید سالیانه نبود بلکه روش سهل و ممتنعی بود که کاپاها ابداع کرده بودند. ضمن بازدید، به شیوه ی تولید کتاب در سرزمین کاپاها پی بردم. این شی ...more
Read this for my Modern Japanese Literature class.

Commentary on society by using a fantasy utopian/dystopian community of kappa, or leprechaun-like water creatures in Japanese mythology. Very interesting, but I do not think I know perfectly everything that is contained in this novel. Some of the things this book ridicules and analyzes are laws with ridiculous loopholes, governmental censorship, relationships among different classes, existentialism, the tendency for writers (particularly Japanes
Kappa, novel satire yang membuatku penasaran tentang ceritanya

Satire sendiri ternyata berasal dari kata latin yang berarti campuran. Dan tulisan yang mengandung satire maksudnya adalah tulisan yang menggunakan gaya bahasa yang berisi sindiran terhadap suatu keadaan atau seseorang.

Memang, meskipun agak bingung dengan novel ini, yang katanya terjadi di suatu tempat, di antara mimpi dan kenyataan, kenyataannya berisi sindiran tentang kondisi social masyarakat dan budaya Jepang saat itu. Novel ini d
El efecto cómico de Kappa surge de que esas personas (perdón, lo cometí otra vez), esos kappas actúen, en muchos sentidos, como personas. Vemos personas disfrazadas actuando como personas y nos preguntamos por qué la imaginación es tan poco económica, que debe rodear las cosas para nombrarlas, ¡cómo si las palabras ya no fueran merodeadoras!
Tengo sentimientos encontrados respecto de la nouvelle. Necesito volver a leerla, porque no pude parar hasta que me excedí y la terminé. Pero la sensación f
Kisah yang diceritakan oleh seorang pasien RS jiwa penderita Dimentia Praecox tentang sebuah negeri yang dihuni oleh Kappa, binatang atau makhluk yang memiliki kecerdasan mirip manusia.

Banyak aspek kehidupan didunia Kappa yang merupakan kebalikan dari peradaban atau kebudayaan manusia. Menurut kepercayaan Kappa, Tuhan menciptakan Kappa betina terlebih dahulu, sebelum menciptakan Kappa Jantan dari otak Kappa betina. Di Kappaland betina mengejar-ngejar Kappa Jantan, dan menganiayanya dalam proses
A fascinating look at early 20th century Japanese society (and humanity in general) through a satirical shory story. Others have likened it to Swift's Gulliver's Travels, but there are definite hints of A Modest Proposal and the morose feelings of Victorian fin de siecle literature. The narrator is interviewing a mental patient (Patient 23) who is convinced that he is visted by Kappa at the hospital, and relates his time spent in Kappaland, which is a satirical, and rather dark, take on Japanese ...more
ario tri suryo
secara ajaib, novel sastra made by japanese hand ini gue temukan di gramedia malioboro mall. terus terang gue tertarik sama buku ini karena covernya. mungkin bagi orang lain termasuk standar, tapi entah kenapa gue liat covernya menarik sekali, yang versi indonesia tentunya.

dan secara ajaib juga, gue jatuh cinta dgn cerita ttg pasien rumah sakit jiwa ini. diawali sebuah perjalanan si "manusia" yg tidak sengaja bertemu mahluk aneh yg dikenal dgn sebutan "kappa", lalu dia tersesat di dalam dunia ka
Kappa sebenarnya adalah makhluk imajiner dalam budaya Jepang yang bentuknya seperti manusia katak. Namun dalam novel satire ini, sang penulis, menggunakan Dunia Kappa untuk mencurahkan segala pandangan (sinis)nya terhadap dunia manusia. Mulai dari masalah supremasi seni, tirani hukum, pandangan agama dan skeptisitas, sampai kondisi sosial 'orang makan orang' (atau lebih tepatnya 'Kappa makan Kappa'). Dari kondisi budaya pernikahan, keagresifan perempuan, hingga nilai-nilai tentang keluarga. Semu ...more
My entire experience of Akutagawa to date is the Kurosawa movie of Roshomon so I wasn't exactly prepared for the fable of Kappa.

In a story that could easily be inserted in to Gulliver's Travels we are transported by our narrator in to the fantastic world of the Japanese mythical creature that serves to satirise Japanese culture of the period.

With no Japanese history knowledge I cannot say whether it has aged well or whether it was a successful satire but it even so the style which it was written
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