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    DescriptionExtravagance 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.


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    Title
    Mandarins
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Ryunosuke Akutagawa, Translated by Charles De Wolf
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 255
    Width: 147 mm
    Height: 185 mm
    Thickness: 23 mm
    Weight: 318 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780977857609
    ISBN 10: 0977857603
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: GEN
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F1.1
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC subject category V2: FA
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 43
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 21110
    BISAC V2.8: HIS003000
    Ingram Subject Code: FC
    Libri: I-FC
    B&T General Subject: 431
    Ingram Theme: CULT/ASIAN
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 69, 46
    BISAC V2.8: LIT008030
    DC22: 895.6/342
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 895.6342
    BISAC V2.8: FIC000000
    DC21: 895.6342
    LC classification: PL801.K8 A6 2007
    Thema V1.0: FBA
    Publisher
    ARCHIPELAGO BOOKS
    Imprint name
    ARCHIPELAGO BOOKS
    Publication date
    04 February 2010
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Ryu ?nosuke Akutagawa (1892-1927), the "father of the Japanese short story," produced hundreds of stories over the course of his brief and tortured writing career. Akutagawa's work is marked by his profound knowledge of classical and contemporary literature from Japan, China, and the West. A strong autobiographical element also runs through much of his fiction. At the age of 35, Akutagawa died from an overdose of barbiturates, leaving behind a groundbreaking corpus of fiction. Translator: Charles De Wolf is a professor at Keio University. A linguist by background, he has in recent years turned to the study and translation of modern Japanese literature. He has translated numerous stories from Konjaku Monogatari, a twelfth-century folktale collection, including the volume Tales of Days Gone By. His translations have appeared in Japan Airlines' Skyward magazine. De Wolf is also the author of How to Sound Intelligent in Japanese.
    Review quote
    The flow of his language is the best feature of Akutagawa's style. Never stagnant, it moves along like a living thing . . . His choice of words is intuitive, natural - and beautiful.--Haruki Murakami The works of Akutagawa comprise, in the literary sense, an indispensable anatomy of melancholy. He was both traditional and experimental and always compelling and fearless. As Joseph Brodsky said, Akutagawa loved the world strangely. There is no writer quite like him. The translations of Charles De Wolf make for the perfect duet between languages. This is a wonderful collection. --Howard Norman Extravagance and horror are in his work but never in his style, which is always crystal-clear.--Jorge Luis Borges