Titre : RASHOMON AND OTHER STORIES . Translated by ...
Éditeur : Liveright Publishing Corporation ., New York
Date d'édition : 1952
Reliure : Hardcover
Edition : 1st Edition
Octavo, illustrations by Masakazu Kuwata, cloth. First edition in English of this selection and translation. Collects six stories, including the author's most famous one. The other five are translated here for the first time. "Hibbert's brief but excellent introduction points out that the author's style (which involved stylistic mastery, narrative aloofness and the use of the supernatural and surreal) set him apart from, and at odds with, the prevailing literary schools of the day (the proletarian social novel and the novel of romanticized naturalistic individualism). This critical isolation may have contributed to his suicide at the age of thirty-five. He left behind over a hundred stories. Kurosawa's movie adaptation of 'Rashomon' actually is based mostly on another story by Akutagawa (also present here), 'In a Grove.' This story is a supernatural crime drama that offers several versions of the same event, from the differing perspectives of several characters (including, via a medium, the dead man himself), thus exploiting what might be called an epistemological relativism, part of the general philosophical relativism that has been endemic to modernism from its beginnings. Another story that espouses a kind of epistemological relativism is 'The Dragon,' about a mischievous monk who posts a notice by a pond, announcing that a dragon will arise from it on a given date. Word spreads and expectation mounts until the monk himself is caught up in the excitement; when the day comes, the skies darken and storm, a water spout gathers over the pond, and the monk sees something -- for an instant -- that looks like a hundred-foot black dragon with golden talons rising from beneath the pond to ascend to heaven." - Robert Eldridge. Clute and Grant (eds.), The Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997), p. 14. Reginald 00106 (citing the 95-page Tuttle edition which he dates 1951). Several damp spots to cloth, else a very good copy. (#118275). N° de réf. du libraire 118275
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