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Rashomon and Seventeen Other Stories by Ryūnosuke Akutagawa
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Aug 03, 10

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Read in August, 2010

I had mixed feelings about this book until the final section, which consists of autobiographical stories. Seeing more of Akutagawa's internal world cast new light on the preceding stories. "The Life of a Stupid Man" and "Spinning Gears" were heartbreaking. I also loved "Green Onions", "Hell Screen" and a few others.

Beautiful cover art on this edition by Yoshihiro Tatsumi (unfortunately replaced on a newer printing). A useful chronology and annotations make up for the crappy introduction by Haruki Murakami.
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