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Rashomon and Other Stories by Ryūnosuke Akutagawa
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Read in November, 2006

Six interesting stories, all very dark and perhaps "existential." Akutagawa might be called a Japanese Kafka. Akira Kurosawa made a movie named after the story "Rashoman," which is in fact based mostly on another story "In A Grove." I once read that Akutagawa suffered from intense depression throughout his life and committed suicide in his 30's. The stories all have very dark overtones, full of suspicion, deception, cruelty, suffering, and hopeful despair. There is nothing I would call particularly obscene, just a very nasty picture of humanity at it's worst. It's a good read, and relatively short.
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