We also published new translations of poetry, such as the modern Greek selection translated by Kimon Friar, and prose, such as stories by Akutagawa Ryunosuke
(the author of the story "Rashomon" that was filmed by Kurosawa) and Kenji Miyazawa, another Japanese author of "magical realism" tales.
. Rashomon and Seventeen Other Stories.
In Akutagawa Ryunosuke
's "An Enlightened Husband" a viscount tells the troubling tale of a wife's association with a supporter of women's rights.
Some specific topics include science, art, and ethics--variations of Japanese Buddhist modernism; Akutagawa Ryunosuke
and August Strindberg; the travel poetry of Mori Michiyo; the department store in interwar Japan; and the influence of American melancholic modernism and emerging postmodernism on Murakami Haruki's early fiction.
In 2006, Jay Rubin published Rashomon and Seventeen Other Stories, a new English translation of short stories by Akutagawa Ryunosuke
[TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] (1892-1927).
with Toraiwa Naoko, Akutagawa Ryunosuke
's A Fool's Life
This woebegone scribbler's name, Chagawa Ryunosuke, is itself a play on that of the great Showa writer Akutagawa Ryunosuke
. The camera's distant gaze speaks for Chagawa's chances of any such outcome.
These frustrations, the critic continues, were particularly aggravated by Soseki's devoted attention to the mercurial literary youth, Akutagawa Ryunosuke
The twentieth century features in the book not only via its great "beginning," but also by setting the stage for all the dramatic attempts to answer the "eternal questions." Thanks to the authors, Thomas Mann, Akutagawa RyUnosuke
, Franz Kafka, Jean-Paul Sartre, European cinema, and Merab Mamardashvili enter into dialogue with Tolstoy.
A graduate of Imperial University of Tokyo and known for his prizewinning critique of Akutagawa Ryunosuke
's literary works, he became a JCP central committee member in 1933.
His translation of 18 stories by Akutagawa Ryunosuke
will appear as a Penguin Classic in 2006.