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Rashomon

(1952)
A collection of stories by

 
This fascinating collection gave birth to a new paradigm when Akira Kurosawa made famous Akutagawa's disturbing tale of seven people recounting the same incident from shockingly different perspectives. Writing at the beginning of the twentieth century, Ryunosuke Akutagawa created disturbing stories out of Japan's cultural upheaval. Whether his fictions are set centuries past or close to the present, Akutagawa was a modernist, writing in polished, superbly nuanced prose subtly exposing human needs and flaws. "In a Grove," which was the basis for Kurosawa's classic film Rashomon, tells the chilling story of the killing of a samurai through the testimony of witnesses, including the spirit of the murdered man. The fable-like "Yam Gruel" is an account of desire and humiliation, but one in which the reader's sympathy is thoroughly unsettled. And in "The Martyr," a beloved orphan raised by Jesuit priests is exiled when he refuses to admit that he made a local girl pregnant. He regains their love and respect only at the price of his life. All six tales in the collection show Akutagawa as a master storyteller and an exciting voice of modern Japanese literature.

 
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Paperback Editions

November 2015 : Paperback
thumbTitle: Rashomon
Author(s): Akutagawa Ryunosuke
ISBN: 1-5194-5693-X / 978-1-5194-5693-9
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
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August 2012 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: Rashomon and Other Stories
Author(s): Ryunosuke Akutagawa
ISBN: 1-4791-2565-2 / 978-1-4791-2565-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
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November 2007 : Paperback
thumbTitle: Rashomon and Other Stories
Author(s): Ryunosuke Akutagawa, Howard Hibbet, Kojima Takashi
ISBN: 4805308826 / 978-4805308820
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
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January 1998 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: Rashomon and Other Stories:
Author(s): Ryunosuke Akutagawa, Howard Hibbet, Takashi Kojima
ISBN: 0-8048-1457-0 / 978-0-8048-1457-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
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November 1999 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: Rashomon and Other Stories
Author(s): Ryunosuke Akutagawa
ISBN: 0-87140-173-8 / 978-0-87140-173-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Liveright
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December 1986 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: Rashomon (Rutgers Films in Print)
Author(s): Donald Richie
ISBN: 0-8135-1180-1 / 978-0-8135-1180-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
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April 1970 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: Rashomon and Other Stories
Author(s): Ryunosuke Akutagawa
ISBN: 0-87140-214-9 / 978-0-87140-214-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Liveright
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June 1970 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: Rashomon and Other Stories
Author(s): Ryunosuke Akutagawa
ISBN: 0-87140-992-5 / 978-0-87140-992-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: W.W. Norton & Company
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