Kappa

ISBN-10: 072061337X
ISBN-13: 9780720613377
Edition: 2nd 2009 (Revised)
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Description: The Kappa is a creature from Japanese folklore described as a scaly, child-sized being with a face like a tiger and a sharp, pointed beak. In the hands of Ryunosuke Akutagawa, one man's journey to 'Kappaland' becomes the vehicle for a critique of  More...

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Book details

List price: $15.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Peter Owen Limited
Publication date: 9/1/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 188
Size: 4.75" wide x 7.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.286
Language: English

The Kappa is a creature from Japanese folklore described as a scaly, child-sized being with a face like a tiger and a sharp, pointed beak. In the hands of Ryunosuke Akutagawa, one man's journey to 'Kappaland' becomes the vehicle for a critique of Japanese life and customs in the tradition of Swift and Kafka.

Born in Tokyo in 1892. In 1915, he published Rashomon, which gained international recognition and became a classic film. After a period of severe depression, Akutagawa committed suicide in 1927, at age thirty-five. Eight years after Akutagawa's death he was commemorated through the establishment of the Akutagawa Prize for literature, the most prestigious literary prize in Japan.

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