Rashomon and Other Stories

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 RaWriting 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.
Rashomon and Other Stories 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

  • Title: Rashomon and Other Stories
  • Author: Ryūnosuke Akutagawa Takashi Kojima
  • ISBN: 9780871401731
  • Page: 176
  • Format: Paperback
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    About the Author

    Ryūnosuke Akutagawa Takashi Kojima

    Akutagawa Ry nosuke was one of the first prewar Japanese writers to achieve a wide foreign readership, partly because of his technical virtuosity, partly because his work seemed to represent imaginative fiction as opposed to the mundane accounts of the I novelists of the time, partly because of his brilliant joining of traditional material to a modern sensibility, and partly because of film director Kurosawa Akira s masterful adaptation of two of his short stories for the screen.Akutagawa was born in the Ky bashi district Tokyo as the eldest son of a dairy operator named Shinbara Toshiz and his wife Fuku He was named Ry nosuke Dragon Offshoot because he was born in the Year of the Dragon, in the Month of the Dragon, on the Day of the Dragon, and at the Hour of the Dragon 8 a.m Seven months after Akutagawa s birth, his mother went insane and he was adopted by her older brother, taking the Akutagawa family name Despite the shadow this experience cast over Akutagawa s life, he benefited from the traditional literary atmosphere of his uncle s home, located in what had been the downtown section of Edo.At school Akutagawa was an outstanding student, excelling in the Chinese classics He entered the First High School in 1910, striking up relationships with such classmates as Kikuchi Kan, Kume Masao, Yamamoto Y z , and Tsuchiya Bunmei Immersing himself in Western literature, he increasingly came to look for meaning in art rather than in life In 1913, he entered Tokyo Imperial University, majoring in English literature The next year, Akutagawa and his former high school friends revived the journal Shinshich New Currents of Thought , publishing translations of William Butler Yeats and Anatole France along with original works of their own Akutagawa published the story Rash mon in the magazine Teikoku bungaku Imperial Literature in 1915 The story, which went largely unnoticed, grew out of the egoism Akutagawa confronted after experiencing disappointment in love The same year, Akutagawa started going to the meetings held every Thursday at the house of Natsume S seki, and thereafter considered himself S seki s disciple.The lapsed Shinshich was revived yet again in 1916, and S seki lavished praise on Akutagawa s story Hana The Nose when it appeared in the first issue of that magazine After graduating from Tokyo University, Akutagawa earned a reputation as a highly skilled stylist whose stories reinterpreted classical works and historical incidents from a distinctly modern standpoint His overriding themes became the ugliness of human egoism and the value of art, themes that received expression in a number of brilliant, tightly organized short stories conventionally categorized as Edo mono stories set in the Edo period , ch mono stories set in the Heian period , Kirishitan mono stories dealing with premodern Christians in Japan , and kaika mono stories of the early Meiji period The Edo mono include Gesaku zanmai A Life Devoted to Gesaku, 1917 and Kareno sh Gleanings from a Withered Field, 1918 the ch mono are perhaps best represented by Jigoku hen Hell Screen, 1918 the Kirishitan mono include Hok nin no shi The Death of a Christian, 1918 , and kaika mono include But kai The Ball, 1920.Akutagawa married Tsukamoto Fumiko in 1918 and the following year left his post as English instructor at the naval academy in Yokosuka, becoming an employee of the Mainichi Shinbun This period was a productive one, as has already been noted, and the success of stories like Mikan Mandarin Oranges, 1919 and Aki Autumn, 1920 prompted him to turn his attention increasingly to modern materials This, along with the introspection occasioned by growing health and nervous problems, resulted in a series of autobiographically based stories known as Yasukichi mono, after the name of the main character Works such as Daid ji Shinsuke no hansei The Early Life of

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    • Dan Schwent said:
      Sep 18, 2018 - 18:12 PM

      In a Grove: A man is found stabbed to death in a grove. Some people of interest and the key players give their accounts.Yeah, I'm a fan of this. Lots of narrators with varying degrees of reliability. If the other stories are this good, this collection is going to be stellar.Rashomon: A samurai's servant sits under the Rashomon during a rain storm, pondering whether he should become a thief or starve to death.I didn't like this story as much as the first but it was still interesting. I never thou [...]

    • Sawsan said:
      Sep 18, 2018 - 18:12 PM

      قصص كُتبت بإبداع, زادت من إعجابي بالأدب اليابانيقصص في عالم وثقافة مختلفة, فيها خيال وغرابة وتشويقالشخصيات نرى في كل منها جانب من الانسان بكل ما في نفسه من خير أو شرتميز في أفكار القصص وأسلوب السرد, والترجمة جميلة للأستاذ كامل يوسف حسينكتب المترجم مقدمة عن حياة ومراحل إبداع [...]

    • Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽ said:
      Sep 18, 2018 - 18:12 PM

      Six deceptively simple (or simply deceptive?) short stories from early twentieth century Japanese author Ryūnosuke Akutagawa, who died at the too-early age of 35. My favorite is the first story, "In a Grove," where the police commissioner interviews various (unreliable) witnesses, trying to pin down exactly what happened in an apparent murder/rape scene. In "Rashomon," a laid-off servant lingers under a dilapidated gate, caught between an living an honest life that might be the end of him and a [...]

    • Paquita Maria Sanchez said:
      Sep 18, 2018 - 18:12 PM

      Here is the answer to the obvious question, which I call obvious because of the fact that I thought it, s. commented below asking about it, and my guess is that more will come. So, let me clarifyumm, sort of.It's a little confusing, actually. The Akutagawa story In a Grove, which is in this particular Akutagawa collection, was the basis for the Kurosawa film Rashōmon. The Akutagawa story Rashōmon--which is also in this collection and by the same author, Ryūnosuke Akutagawa--shares no similari [...]

    • M. said:
      Sep 18, 2018 - 18:12 PM

      "Demek ki insanoğlu, gün doğunca uçup giden bir çiğ tanesi gibi fani ve ömrü de çakıp sönen bir şimşek kadar kısacık" (s.147)Savaş öncesi Japon edebiyatının en şaibeli isimlerinden birisi olan Akutagava'nın öykülerinden oluşan kitabın; Meiji hanedanlığı döneminden itibaren yükselişe geçen Japonya'nın, buna paralel yükselen edebiyatının da bir eseri.Japonya her ne kadar Batıdan beslenerek kendine özgü bir kültür, sanayi, politika ve bilim üretebildiyse; e [...]

    • Traveller said:
      Sep 18, 2018 - 18:12 PM

      I think I somehow missed the point of the Yam gruel story. I found the Rashomon story rather cruel and unsympathetic. I think I'll reserve judgment until after we've discussed these in our Brain Pain group.Something that I definitely did notice, is that quite a bit of the original seems to be lost in translation, 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 [...]

    • Cem said:
      Sep 18, 2018 - 18:12 PM

      İnsanın içini ürperten, kanını donduran, okuru düşündürtmenin ötesine geçirten, hepsi ayrı ayrı beş yıldızı hakeden hikayelerAşağı yukarı tüm öykülerin arka planındaki inanç-din, cennet-cehennem, iyilik-kötülük meseleleri, kesinlikle basmakalıp olmayan, sıra dışı bir dille anlatılmış.Bu arada Japon edebiyatıyla tanışıklığım arttıkça daha çok sevmeye başlıyorum.

    • Hadrian said:
      Sep 18, 2018 - 18:12 PM

      If you're a fan of Japanese cinema, you will recognize one of Kurosawa's movies from the title. However, the movie is a pastiche of two short stories - the eponymous Rashomon set at the gate in Kyoto, and "In A Grove", a murder mystery from multiple perspectives. This collection of six Akutagawa stories is deeply observant and some wry observation about human nature, or some criticism of an institution. "Kesa and Morito" is like "The Gift of the Magi", except with murder. These works are deeply [...]

    • José said:
      Sep 18, 2018 - 18:12 PM

      Me encanta todo lo relacionado con los samurai y el Japón feudal, pero curiosamente hasta ahora no había leído ninguna historia ambientada en ese período histórico. Como en toda colección de relatos hay un par que son un poco flojos, pero la gran mayoría me gustaron mucho. Casi todos tienen un tono muy pesimista y trágico, y por momentos incluso algo de humor.Mi favorito fue «El biombo del infierno», en el cual un pintor bastante desquiciado y excéntrico se ve obligado a cumplir un en [...]

    • Horace Derwent said:
      Sep 18, 2018 - 18:12 PM


    • Niran Pravithana said:
      Sep 18, 2018 - 18:12 PM

      ในบรรดานักเขียนญี่ปุ่นทุกคนที่ผมเคยอ่าน ผมนับว่าริวโนสุเกะ อาคุตะกะวะเป็นอัจฉริยะในหมู่อัจฉริยะแต่ไม่ใช่ว่าคนทุกคนจะชอบสไตล์งานเขียนของอาคุตะกาว่า เพราะสไตล์เรื่องสั้นข [...]

    • Rise said:
      Sep 18, 2018 - 18:12 PM

      Consider the first story. A Police Commissioner interviews seven individuals regarding an alleged crime of murder:- The first witness is a woodcutter who discovered the body of the dead man;- the second witness is a travelling Buddhist priest who met the man and his wife prior to the incident;- the third witness is a policeman who arrested the only suspect to the alleged crime;- the fourth, an old woman, the dead man’s mother-in-law;- the fifth is the bandit who confessed to the crime;- the si [...]

    • توفيق عبد الرحيم said:
      Sep 18, 2018 - 18:12 PM

      الراجل ده ممتاز جدًا بيفكرني بتوفيق الحكيم بس مع فرق كبير هو ان ريونوسوكي اسلوبه اقوي عشر مرات من توفيق الحكيم اديب بجد مش مجرد واحد بيحول حكم لقصص كل قصة وراها حكمة وراها فكرة قصة في الغابة بعد محادثة مع صديق عرفني انها عن نسبية الحقيقة القصة بتحكي عن ساموراي اتقتل و اعترف بج [...]

    • Yousra said:
      Sep 18, 2018 - 18:12 PM

      في يوم واحد انهيتها🙂 راشومون الرائعة أحب المسرح كثيرا ليس تلك المسرحيات المضحكة بل ذلك النوع من المسرح وسبق لي أن شاهدت في الهناجر مسرحيتين أحداهما مصرية بالعربية العامية والأخرى كانت مسرحية أمريكية بالإنجليزية أتمنى لو كنت أستطيع فقط حضور عرض لراشومون ترجمة سهلة ووصف [...]

    • Hilâl said:
      Sep 18, 2018 - 18:12 PM

      4,5 puan.Kappa’dan sonra neden bu koleksiyonu bu kadar sarkıttığım hakkında hiçbir fikrim yok. Açıkçası çok keyifliydi.Sırasıyla derlenen hikâyeleri yazacak olursak;- Raşômon (Raşômon)- Burun (Hana)- Mendil (Hankaçi)- Örümcek İpi (Kumo no İto)- Cehennem Tablosu (Cigokuhen)- Mandalinalar (Mikan)- Çinli İsa (Nankin no Kirisuto)- Toşişun (Toşişun)- Sonbahar (Aki)- Balo (Butôkay)- Çalılıklar Arasında (Yabu no Naka)- Vagon (Torokko)- Çarklar (Haguruma)- Serap (Şi [...]

    • Steven said:
      Sep 18, 2018 - 18:12 PM

      Aside from the titular story, Rashomon, this collection of Akutagawa's stories includes In a Grove, Yam Gruel, The Martyr, Kesa and Morito, and The Dragon. Overall, the stories were fascinating in their deceptive simplicity and succinct elegance. The only downside of this edition—beautifully illustrated and nicely introduced—is that it included only six stories. I'll have to get an edition that covers more of the over 150 short stories that Akutagawa wrote throughout his short life."For the [...]

    • Mona said:
      Sep 18, 2018 - 18:12 PM

      First, I am a big fan of Ryunosuke Akutagawa. Second, Akutagawa himself has been acknowledged as one of the greatest Japanese writers. Third, the story "Rashomon" has been admitted as the best story Akutagawa ever wrote. That's why Akira Kurosawa transfered the story into reel.So, none other reason needed to make you read this one.

    • Stephie said:
      Sep 18, 2018 - 18:12 PM

      Cuentos cortos, con un tinte de decadencia, sufrimiento, locura y algunos con algo paranormal. Aún no me he definido bien en que puedo pensar de estas historias, pero han resultado ser interesantes.

    • Cody said:
      Sep 18, 2018 - 18:12 PM

      Meh. Don't start here if you're new to Akutagawa, though the title story (and Kurosawa's adaptation) still kick major fucking ass.

    • Ana said:
      Sep 18, 2018 - 18:12 PM

      Terminado Roshomon y otros cuentos, del maestro Ryunosuke AkutagawaComo en todo libro de cuentos podemos encontrar algunos que nos gustan más que otros, pero en este compilado nos encontramos algo que corre en una línea que caracteriza el autor, como se mezcla la oscuridad con la vida de los protagonistas, igualmente todos tienen algo peculiar y esto es lo interesante de este autor.“Roshomon” es una obra decadente, y no por mala, sino por su contexto de pobreza y decadencia social, llegand [...]

    • Abraham Salas said:
      Sep 18, 2018 - 18:12 PM

      Interesante puñado de cuentos. Hablan de la oscuridad del ser humano. Lo bajo que puede caer en la consecución de sus propios intereses. Todo ese egoísmo termina mal recompensado en estos cuentos, ya sea con remordimiento, muerte, pesar y, en uno de los casos, con la felicidad de aquel que se suponía sería la víctima, en detrimento de los victimarios. La zozobra proviene algunas veces de la presión por mantener la imagen que dictan las costumbres sociales y que orillan a los personajes a [...]

    • Tfitoby said:
      Sep 18, 2018 - 18:12 PM

      They say Akutagawa is a master of modern Japanese literature despite writing just after the turn of the 20th century, he even has major literary awards named after him in Japan but I can't help but feel that 100 year old stories are not that modern. That being said his stories are largely enjoyable and very well written.The effect of the unique storytelling point of view of In A Grove is really quite remarkable and the rest of the stories collected here all manage to conjure up a firm and believ [...]

    • Claudia L. R. said:
      Sep 18, 2018 - 18:12 PM

      Si bien no puedo decir que los temas que aborda o la forma que los aborda sean de mi total agrado o que siquiera me hayan tocado profundamente, sí puedo y debo decir que la pluma de Akutagawa me mantuvo entretenida y con deseos de seguir leyendo. Eso es todo lo que podía exigir en este momento tan difícil para mí, que me tiene completamente bloqueada literariamente. Los temas son diversos pero todos exploran la cultura del Japón clásico, dejándonos verlo no de forma venerable sino con un [...]

    • Sofía Aguerre said:
      Sep 18, 2018 - 18:12 PM

      Cuatro por la calidad de la narración y por el placer al leer. Le daría tres por las historias en sí, que no me llamaron tanto, pero hay que reconocer lo bueno que es, qué sé yo.

    • Sinem A. said:
      Sep 18, 2018 - 18:12 PM


    • Phạm Hà said:
      Sep 18, 2018 - 18:12 PM

      It's interesting to see where Akira Kurosawa stayed faithful to the original story of Akutagawa and where he took creative initiatives to enrich the story. Akutagawa's "In the grove" only tried to depict the phenomenon of "contradictory interpretation of one same event", and his original "Rashomon" told the story of "how poverty degrade human's conscience" through the symbol of a run-down Rashomon (Gate of Life). On the other hand, Akira's "Rashomon" is a combination of the two stories plus a br [...]

    • Bigsna said:
      Sep 18, 2018 - 18:12 PM

      Short stories have always been a a challenge for me, and this is probably the most cryptic set of stories that I have read yet. What is it about these enormously acclaimed Japanese authors of the earlier 20th century. The first I read was Yukio Mishima, who over and above being known for his controversial novels, is most remembered for his ritual suicide by sepukku; and now Ryūnosuke Akutagawa, who is called the "father of the Japanese short story" and has Japan's premier literary award named a [...]

    • Mohammed Alamin said:
      Sep 18, 2018 - 18:12 PM

      من مقدمة الكتاب ومن معرفتي بأن الكاتب قد وضع حداً لحياته بالانتحار؛ تيقنتُ أني مقبل على كاتب من نفس طراز الكُتّاب الروس، كاتب بنفس الأسلوب الجنائزي؛ أسلوب أرباب الحزن، المحطمين، الكاتبين عن المُهمّشيِن وعن انكسارهم البشري، الواصفين أبعدَ نقطةٍ من مراتب الانحطاط، وهذا ما ب [...]

    • Axolotl said:
      Sep 18, 2018 - 18:12 PM

      Justin Isis tells me the translation is so-so but I still thought the stories were entertaining. Really quite memorable: The Lover who is no longer in love but acts like an automaton of solipsistic passion; the dragon in the lake as a metaphor for what writers can do with their handy work, that is "write what happens"; an encounter with the scalp-scavenging crone in halls of a darkened tower in the rainy season; multiple povs of multiple unreliable witnesses---this little collection is really qu [...]

    • marie said:
      Sep 18, 2018 - 18:12 PM

      I read two from a collection of Akutagawa's short stories: "Rashomon" and "In A Bamboo Grove". My first reaction was: he's so modern! The 2 stories are like thrillers, suspenseful, with unexpected twists. "In A Bamboo Grove" is a sophisticated story of an event seen from different perspectives. The reader is forced to think what the most plausible narrative is as the truth is left hanging ----there is nothing cut-and dried here.The author's story is almost as fascinating as his 2 short stories, [...]

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