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"In a Grove" (???, Yabu no Naka?) is a short story by Ry?nosuke Akutagawa, first appearing in the January 1922 edition of the Japanese literature monthly Shinch?. Akira Kurosawa used this story as the basis for his award-winning movie Rash?mon.

"In a Grove" is an early modernist short story consisting of seven varying accounts of the murder of a samurai, Kanazawa no Takehiro, whose corpse has been found in a bamboo forest near Kyoto. Each section simultaneously clarifies and obfuscates what the reader knows about the murder, eventually creating a complex and contradictory vision of events that brings into question humanity's ability or willingness to perceive and transmit objective truth.

The story is often praised as being among the greatest in Japanese literature.

"Rash?mon" (Japanese: ???) is a short story by Ry?nosuke Akutagawa based on tales from the Konjaku Monogatarish?.

The story was first published in 1915 in Teikoku Bungaku. Despite its name, it provided no direct plot material for the Akira Kurosawa's film Rashomon (1950), which was based on Akutagawa's 1922 short story, "In a Grove". However, the framing sequence of the film reflects certain elements of the story, such as the theft of a kimono and the discussion of the moral ambiguity of thieving to survive.

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  • Publication Date: January 14, 2010
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Print Length: 26 Pages
  • File Size: 180 KB

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