Kappa : a novel

ISBN: 9780720613377, 072061337X, 0837130646, 9780837130644
OCLC Number: 106214
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
Author: Ryunosuke Akutagawa
Translator: Geoffrey Bownas
Language: en
Publisher: Greenwood Press, 1970; Tuttle, 1971, 1976, 1980, 1988, 1994, 2000; Peter Owen, Distributed in the USA by Dufour Editions, 2004, 2009
Publication Place: Westport, CT; Rutland, VT, Boston; Chester Springs, PA
Japanese Copyright Year: 1927
English Publication Date: 1970
Notes: Introduction by G. H. Healey.
Abstract: In Japanese folklore the Kappa is a scaly, child-sized creature with a face like a tiger and a sharp, pointed beak. In the hands of Ryunosuke, one man's journey to 'Kappaland' becomes the vehicle for a critique of Japanese life and customs in the tradition of Swift and Kafka. A perfectly formed gem from the pen of one of Japan's most important modern writers (creator of Rashomon), Kappa is at once a fable, a comedy, and a brilliant satire.