Many of you would have heard of Rashomon. We all perhaps would have watched it as well. I mean, it is one of the most iconic movies of our times and rightly so. Tonight’s story was a reread for me and I loved it as much as I did when I first read it.
Akutagawa entered my life after I watched the film, “Rashomon”. On knowing that it was a short story on which the film was based, I had to read it. And here I am rereading the story and loving it even more.
Sure enough, the short-stories written by Akutagawa are spectacular. This one revolves around the murder of a Samurai and the rape of his wife, followed by four versions – the bandit’s story, the wife’s story, the samurai’s story and the woodcutter’s story – each version with a different twist and re-telling.
I love the story. For me, it is in the hall of fame of short-story writing. There is so much there which is done in terms of language and description and yet so much left to the reader’s thought process.