A review, and links to other information about and reviews of Rashomon by Akutagawa Ryunosuke. Rashōmon: Rashōmon, (Japanese: “The Rashō Gate”) short story by Akutagawa Ryūnosuke, published in Japanese in in a university literary magazine. Rashomon and Other Stories [Ryunosuke Akutagawa] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Writing at the beginning of the twentieth century.

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Rashomon and Seventeen Other Stories

View all 83 comments. I found the Rashomon story rather cruel and unsympathetic. Akutagawa committed suicide at around age Akutagawa was a strong opponent of naturalism. The Editors of Encyclopaedia Britannica.

skutagawa It was well written and fairly twisted. Japan portal Novels portal. The Way of the Samuraidirected by Jim Jarmusch. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Akutagawa wrote over short stories during his brief life. Other than the story used as a basis for Kurosawa’s wonderful movie Rashomon Rasho,on was not overwhelmed with pleasure at reading these stories. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

Something that I rashomoj did notice, is that quite a bit of the original seems to be lost in autagawa, which might be partly the fault of the translator, but almost definitely also due to the fact that English and Japanese are two languages that seem to be difficult to translate mutually I think I somehow missed the point of the Yam gruel story. We do not know who is telling the truth.


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The tale of a love triangle from two of its participants. Akutagaa doesn’t really lend itself to elegance in the translated work. His aunt Fuki played the most significant role in his upbringing. This Penguin Classics edition must now be considered the standard introductory text, the first volume that readers interested in the author should turn to. Visit our Beautiful Books page and find lovely books for kids, photography lovers and more. The main ‘issue’ with this collection is that there are only six stories.

The only work that’s sorely missed is ‘Kappa’ see our ryhnosuke of Geoffrey Bownas’ translation.

Rashōmon (short story) – Wikipedia

Consider the first story. Inhe entered Tokyo Imperial University, majoring in English literature. Japanese composer Mayako Kubo wrote an opera named Rashomonbased on Akutagawa’s story.

Mark Twain, American humorist, journalist, lecturer, and novelist who acquired international fame for…. Perhaps I don’t have the required knowledge or appreciation of the place and time they were written but I just didn’t find myself caring one way or another about the outcome of the stories.


Ryūnosuke Akutagawa

Lists with This Book. Archived from the original on It is a brief reflection on what we have and what we lose as a result of what our self-hatreds make us think we do and do not deserve, and on the appeal of smashing something to bits if only for the resulting change itself. Akutagawa argued that structure, how the story was told, was more important than the content or plot of the story, whereas Tanizaki argued the opposite.

Spider’s Thread and Hell Screen must be best of the best among these handful of short stories in the collection.

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