Reading Ryunosuke Akutagawa: Self-Cultivation, the Plotless Novel, and Nichijou

Take my Akutagawa Prize!

Nichijou Akutagawa Prize

My summer reading included dozens of short stories by Ryunosuke Akutagawa collected in two books. Akutagawa’ position in the topography of modern Japanese literature has been widely acknowledged. Indeed, one of the most prestigious Japanese literary awards is named after him, the Akutagawa Prize. His role in literature—self-cultivation, aestheticism, and intellectualism—cannot be understated.
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