DKU Intercultural Book Club

The DKU Intercultural Book Club is hosted by Austin Woerner in partnership with the Duke Kunshan University Library.

Each session the Book Club will choose one book to read in both English and Chinese. Read in whichever language you prefer and come ready to discuss your reactions to the book with other readers who may have experienced it in the other language!

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Ryunosuke Akutagawa, Rashomon and Seventeen Other Stories

芥川龙之介,《罗生门》(小说文集) 林少华 译

Champion: Rachel Tan

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One's of Japan's early modernist writers and "father of the Japanese short story," his atmospheric short works include the story that was the basis of the movie Rashomon.  Rachel Tan, who nominated this book, writes: "His writing style is delicate... [and] melancholy, the feeling of a Japanese man who lived in the late Meiji period. His style is very uncanny and lonely." The English translation is by Jay Rubin, Haruki Murakami’s translator.