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Murder in the Age of Enlightenment Essential Stories

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Language: English
Dimensions:5.0 x 7.76 x 0.83 inches
Weight:368.54 g
Published: July 02, 2024

About the Book

Madness, murder and obsession: a stylishly original and fantastical collection of stories from an iconic Japanese writer

A collection of the 7 essential Akutagawa short stories, in a vivid and elegant translation – the perfect introduction to this master of prose

“A born short-story writer. . . one never tires of reading and re-reading his best works” – Haruki Murukami

From a nobleman's court, to the garden of paradise, to a lantern festival in Tokyo, these 7 shrot stories offer dazzling glimpses into moments of madness, murder and obsession.

  • A talented yet spiteful painter is given over to depravity in pursuit of artistic brilliance.
  • In the depth of hell, a robber spies a single spider's thread being lowered towards him.
  • When a body is found in an isolated bamboo grove, a kaleidoscopic account of violence and desire begins to unfold.

These are short stories from an unparalleled master of the form. Sublimely crafted and stylishly original, Akutagawa's writing is shot through with a fantastical sensibility. This collection, in a vivid translation by Bryan Karetnyk, brings together the most essential works from this iconic Japanese writer.

Part of the Pushkin Press Classics series: outstanding classic storytelling from around the world, in a stylishly original series design. From newly rediscovered gems to fresh translations of the world’s greatest authors, this series includes such authors as Stefan Zweig, Hermann Hesse, Ryūnosuke Akutagawa and Gaito Gazdanov.