Questions tagged [ryunosuke-akutagawa]

Questions about the works of the Japanese writer Ryūnosuke Akutagawa (芥川 龍之介, Akutagawa Ryūnosuke, 1892 – 1927) and his life as a writer. He is known for his short stories, which include "Rashōmon" and "In a Grove". Use this tag with [japanese-literature].

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Was Akutagawa's Shōgun ("The General") ever censored in Japan? If so, how?

I know books which criticize the military were censored in Japan during the interwar period. I'm wondering if this specific story was censored, and if so, roughly when/for how long? Also, what did the ...
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What is the meaning of Akutagawa's reference to a centaur?

The following is an excerpt of Ryūnosuke Akutagawa's novel The life of a fool: He read a book by Anatole France, his head propped up by a pillow of skepticism exuding a rosy fragrance; the presence ...
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In what story of Régnier does a man commit suicide without understanding the reason?

In the suicide note of Ryūnosuke Akutagawa, he talks about a story by Régnier: No one has yet written candidly of the mental state of one who is to commit suicide. This may be due to the self-...
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Does 'In a Grove' assume that dead people don't lie?

'In a Grove' is one of Ryūnosuke Akutagawa's best-known short stories, partly due to Kurosawa's film Rashomon. In this short story, we get several accounts of the death of samurai Kanazawa no Takehiro....
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