Mandarins: Stories by Ryunosuke Akutagawa (Paperback)
by Ryunosuke Akutagawa (Author), Charles De Wolf (K-3, Translator)



Book Description


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


"In [Akutagawa's] spare, textured prose . . . he brings us clear-eyed glimpses of human behavior."-The New York Times Book Review


In Mandarins, 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.



About the Author
Born in Tokyo in 1892. In 1915, he published Rashomon, which gained international recognition and became a classic film. After a period of severe depression, Akutagawa committed suicide in 1927, at age thirty-five. Eight years after Akutagawa's death he was commemorated through the establishment of the Akutagawa Prize for literature, the most prestigious literary prize in Japan.

  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Archipelago Books (November 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 0977857603