Murder in the Age of Enlightenment: Essential Stories
A stylishly original collection of seven newly translated stories from the iconic Japanese writer
The stories in this fantastical, unconventional collection are subtly wrought depictions of the darkness of our desires. From an isolated bamboo grove, to a lantern festival in Tokyo, to the Emperor's court, they offer glimpses into moments of madness, murder, and obsession. Vividly translated by Bryan Karetnyk, they unfold in elegant, sometimes laconic, always gripping prose.
Akutagawa's stories are characterised by their stylish originality; they are stories to be read again and again.
Praise for Murder in the Age of Enlightenment: Essential Stories
"One never tires of reading and re-reading his work. Akutagawa was a born short-story writer." - Haruki Murakami
"The quintessential writer of his era." - David Pearce
"Extravagance and horror and in his work but never in his style, which is always crystal-clear." - Jorge Luis Borges
"He was both traditional and experimental and always compelling and fearless... There is no writer quite like him." - Howard Norman