Ryunosuke Akutagawa
The Women I Like
  in Romance Novels

    Translated by Ryan C.K. Choi

Translators Note: The writer responds to a survey in Fujin Gaho [Illustrated Women’s Gazette], Issue 170, April 1, 1920. The prompts:

1The women I like in romance novels are ...

2The reason I like them is ...

1Either the purely good, or the purely evil—not one more than the other.

2They do not exist in the world.

Ryunosuke Akutagawa (1892–1927) was born in Tokyo, Japan and authored more than 300 works of fiction and non-fiction over the course of his lifetime including Rashomon, The Spider’s Thread, Hell Screen, Kappa and In a Grove.

Ryan C.K. Choi lives in Honolulu, Hawai‘i, where he was born and raised.

Choi’s translation of the Akutagawa poem ‘In Karuizawa’ appears in Hotel #5; see here



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