Exotic Japanese Stories – The Beautiful and the Grotesque. 16 Unusual Tales and Unforgettable Images. Translated by Takashi Kojima and John McVittee. Introduction by John McVittee.
New York, Liveright Publishing Corporation, 1964. 14.9 cm x 21.9 cm. Colour Frontispiece, 431 pages. 22 Collage Illustrations: 6 Colour and 16 Black and White by Masakazu Kuwata. Original Hardcover with dustjacket in protective collector’s Mylar. A very good+ hardcover copy in black and grey cloth stamped in silver and red gilt with only minor signs of external wear. Only very minor foxing to edges and very minor fading to front and rear pastedowns and endpapers. Minor fraying and fading to dustjacket. From the reference library of Hans Christian-Andersen Translator Erik Haugaard.
Includes for example the following tales: The Dog, Shiro / The Dolls / The Kappa / The Garden (″Niwa”) / A Woman’s Body / Withered Fields (″Kareno-sho”) / Gratitude (″Hoonki”) etc.
A series of unqiue and mesmerising tales fashioned by one of Japan’s greatest writers, encapsulating Japanese culture, beliefs and tradition.
Akutagawa Ryunosuke, pseudonym Chokodo Shujin or Gaki, (1892—1927), a prolific Japanese writer known especially for his stories based on events in the Japanese past and for his stylistic virtuosity. (Encyclopedia Brittanica)