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Mandarins

Ryunosuke Akutagawa


PUBLISHED: 30th September 2007
ISBN: 9780977857609
ANNOTATION:
Stunning tales from master storyteller: superbly nuanced prose, subtly exposing the human psyche. Borges loved him.
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PUBLISHED: 30th September 2007
ISBN: 9780977857609
ANNOTATION:
Stunning tales from master storyteller: superbly nuanced prose, subtly exposing the human psyche. Borges loved him.

Annotation

Stunning tales from master storyteller: superbly nuanced prose, subtly exposing the human psyche. Borges loved him.

Publisher Description

Ryunosuke Akutagawa blends a sense of sad inevitability with subtle irony. Reflective and often humorous, these tales reveal an enormous amount about Japanese culture, while the inner struggles of the characters always strike the universal.

Author Biography

Ryunosuke Akutagawa (March 1, 1892 - July 24, 1927)was a Japanese writer active in Taisho period Japan. He is regarded as the "Father of the Japanese short story," and is noted for his superb style and finely detailed stories that explore the darker side of human nature.

Review

The flow of his language is the best feature of Akutagawa's style. Never stagnant, it moves along like a living thing . . . His choice of words is intuitive, natural - and beautiful.--Haruki Murakami The works of Akutagawa comprise, in the literary sense, an indispensable anatomy of melancholy. He was both traditional and experimental and always compelling and fearless. As Joseph Brodsky said, Akutagawa loved the world strangely. There is no writer quite like him. The translations of Charles De Wolf make for the perfect duet between languages. This is a wonderful collection. --Howard Norman

Extravagance and horror are in his work but never in his style, which is always crystal-clear.--Jorge Luis Borges

Product Details

Author
Ryunosuke Akutagawa
Short Title
MANDARINS
Pages
255
Publisher
Archipelago Books
Language
English
Translator
Charles De Wolf
ISBN-10
0977857603
ISBN-13
9780977857609
Media
Book
Format
Paperback
Year
2007
Publication Date
2007-09-30
Country of Publication
United States
Residence
US
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