In a Grove

“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 […]

Genre: Fiction, Mystery & Detective, Short Stories


“Rash?mon” (Japanese: ???) is a short story by Akutagawa Ry?nosuke based on tales from the Konjaku Monogatarish?. A man considering whether or not to become a thief meets a woman stealing hair from corpses. Their conversation explores the morality of theft. The story was first published in 1915 in Teikoku Bungaku. Despite its name, it […]

Genre: Fiction, Short Stories