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Rashomon (1952)
A collection of stories by Ryūnosuke Akutagawa

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

March 2006 : Paperback
Title: Rashomon and Seventeen Other Stories (Penguin Classics)
Author(s): Ryunosuke Akutagawa
ISBN: 0140449701 / 9780140449709 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Classics
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October 2006 : Paperback
Title: Rashomon and Seventeen Other Stories (Penguin Classics Deluxe)
Author(s): Ryunosuke Akutagawa
ISBN: 0143039849 / 9780143039846 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Classics
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January 1998 : Paperback
Title: Rashomon and Other Stories (Tuttle classics)
Author(s): Ryunosuke Akutagawa
ISBN: 0804814570 / 9780804814577 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
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December 1999 : Paperback
Title: Rashomon and Other Stories
Author(s): Ryunosuke Akutagawa
ISBN: 0871401738 / 9780871401731 (USA edition)
Publisher: Liveright
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April 1970 : Paperback
Title: Rashomon
Author(s): Ryunosuke Akutagawa
ISBN: 0871402149 / 9780871402141 (USA edition)
Publisher: Liveright Publishing Corporation,U.S.
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June 1970 : Paperback
Title: Rashomon and Other Stories
Author(s): Ryunosuke Akutagawa
ISBN: 0871409925 / 9780871409928 (USA edition)
Publisher: W.W. Norton & Company
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Kindle Editions

July 2009 : Kindle edition
Title: RASHOMON (in Japanese)
Author(s): Ryunosuke Akutagawa
Publisher: Local Mode Publishing
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