Rashomon and Seventeen Other Stories - Ryunosuke Akutagawa
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Rashomon and Seventeen Other Stories - Ryunosuke Akutagawa

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An incredible collection of short stories filled with highly original imagery, cynicism, beauty and wild humour.

Rashoemon and In a Bamboo Grove inspired Kurosawa's magnificent film and depict a past in which morality is turned upside down, while tales such as The Nose, O-Gin and Loyalty paint a rich and imaginative picture of a medieval Japan peopled by Shoguns and priests, vagrants and peasants. The later works such as Death Register, The Life of a Stupid Man and Spinning Gears, draw from Akutagawa's own life to devastating effect, revealing his intense melancholy and terror of madness in exquisitely moving impressionistic stories.