The Essential Akutagawa
Author: Ryūnosuke Akutagawa
Editor: Seiji M. Lippit
Publisher: Marsilio Publishers (1999)
Akutagawa's voice is one of the most remarkable in modern Japanese fiction: an acutely intelligent mind, a humiliated soul, engaging as readily with Baudelaire as with Confucius. These narratives and vignettes—some having received little attention until now—delicately dovetail ancient myth with modern reflection. Akutagawa combines Eastern sentiment with Western thought to astonishing effect, offering a uniquely moving insight into mental and social fragmentation.