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The Edogawa Rampo Reader Edogawa Rampo is one of the most famous Japanese detective fiction writers, with huge debts to Doyle and Poe pronounce Edogawa Rampo a few times the Japanese way and you ll find that he named himself Edgar Allan Poe This Reader collects a few short stories without the famous Caterpillar , two of which areclassic detective fiction, the rest isin the area of Weird Fiction, all very good, even though the detective fiction stretches its logic quite a bit view spoiler all you need Edogawa Rampo is one of the most famous Japanese detective fiction writers, with huge debts to Doyle and Poe pronounce Edogawa Rampo a few times the Japanese way and you ll find that he named himself Edgar Allan Poe This Reader collects a few short stories without the famous Caterpillar , two of which areclassic detective fiction, the rest isin the area of Weird Fiction, all very good, even though the detective fiction stretches its logic quite a bit view spoiler all you need to murder people is a clear moon and a bit of suggestion hide spoiler Sexuality, taboo, and rebellion are common themes Human beings are complex creatures From the moment we re born, we are endowed with certain anti social traits It is taboo to act on these desires Yet taboos are essential for human beings Or rather, I should say it is the very need for taboos in the first place that proves human beings have an innate tendency to rebel against society The so called instinct for crime is another name for it.or this fun one Children are very sensitive to inhumanity and crude taunts , and though they might walk about expressionless as a Noh mask or put on a riendly facade, underneath they burn with hatred at the real world.The essays are all over the place, but interesting some are very impressionistic, it s quaint nowadays how terrified Rampo was of the moving picture, some essays are focused on the tricks a detective fiction writer uses, and I m a bit sad that his An Itemized Catalog of Tricks hasn t been translated to English here s Google Translate with the list of tricks from the Japanese Wikipedia One great essay is all about that one time Poe and Dickens met how Poe managed to foresee the ending of Dickens Barnaby Rudge and spoiled it in a newspaper article, both met later and Poe was trying to get Dickens to help him sellof his books in England, but nothing really ever came of it, even though Dickens tried Barnaby Rudge features a talking raven, which may have or probably has inspired Poe s famous poem.Anyway If you re looking to get into a crime writer with an unique perspective, this Reader should be a good introduction Sad that there is no comprehensive English translation the Japanese Edogawa Rampo series is 30 books, but only 3 have been translated My interest in Rampo began with a breadcrumb trail running behind my own curiosity much alike the renown mystery fiction writer s protagonists On my way out the door after a visit to a friend s house, a bright red spine stood out of an otherwise nondescript shelf A novel, by Keigo Higashino Although the name of the novel itself has haemorrhaged out of my memory, I eventually pulled up Higashino s works online, and just as I was about to select a book, my eyes fixed upon a single achievement My interest in Rampo began with a breadcrumb trail running behind my own curiosity much alike the renown mystery fiction writer s protagonists On my way out the door after a visit to a friend s house, a bright red spine stood out of an otherwise nondescript shelf A novel, by Keigo Higashino Although the name of the novel itself has haemorrhaged out of my memory, I eventually pulled up Higashino s works online, and just as I was about to select a book, my eyes fixed upon a single achievement, listed among many He won the Edogawa Rampo Prize, which is awarded annually to the unpublished finest mystery work, in 1985 for the novel H kago After School at age 27 Unpublished finest mystery work Who the hell was this Edogawa Rampo And so it began.Hirai Taro, who published under the pseudonym of Edogawa Rampo was himself a man of shifting complexity, and seemed to, unlike some of theforlorn contemporaries of his age think Ozamu Dazai co , enjoy this part of his personality His life and times are exhibited well through the twin efforts of Jacobowitz s exhaustive introduction and analysis, as well as Rampo s lucid recounts of his childhood and adolescent obsessions, fears and exploits.The Reader includes a well selected list of eight short fiction pieces and ten essays the result is a comprehensive and thoroughly enjoyable portrait of the author It also helps that Rampo is extremely clear and proud of his literary influences just say the name Edogawa Rampo thrice in quick succession, and somewhere in Balti, Edgar Allen Poe s gravestone shudders in acknowledgement Poe s work rears it s head very often while reading Rampo, particularly in his uncanny exploration of instinctual fears everything from chilling homicides to symmetry, lenses and optical instruments.My only disappointment with this book is the apparent exclusion of two of Rampo s most important works namely The Two Sen Copper Coin which was his debut story, and The Human Chair , a fantastic example from the ero guro nansensu genre that was adapted nearly a century later by horror mangaka extraordinaire, Junji Ito.Jacobowitz s translation is particularly striking, and I find myself extraordinarily thankful for his existence out of fifteen standalone mystery works, only three have been translated into English.This is immensely disappointing a sentiment I m sure you ll share once you dive into Rampo s extraordinary, genre defining works I feel like i have been waiting for this book for all of my life it has been a slow amount of time to get the Japanese writer Edogawa Rampo translated into English One of his collections of short stories have been in print for so many years yet waiting for another title seemed endless Now we have at least three other books by Rampo, and I bought them all this year The Edogawa Rampo Reader is a much needed over all look of his career The first half of this book is short stories and the s I feel like i have been waiting for this book for all of my life it has been a slow amount of time to get the Japanese writer Edogawa Rampo translated into English One of his collections of short stories have been in print for so many years yet waiting for another title seemed endless Now we have at least three other books by Rampo, and I bought them all this year The Edogawa Rampo Reader is a much needed over all look of his career The first half of this book is short stories and the second half are essays mostly regarding the nature of the detective story i only found one essay the most interesting and that s The Horror Of Films dealing with the nature and history of cinema It s a great piece on what was then a new medium He wrote it in 1926, and for a short essay it covers a lot of ground Basically all to do with being the viewer The short stories are all in the creepy mode that I love about Rampo s work It includes the story about a man who spends a lot of time in the attic where he spies on people down below, and also commits a murder The long introduction by Seth Jacobowitz is pretty perfect in capturing what is so essential about Rampo, his times, and the work itself A remarkable writer The Edogawa Rampo reader is like a beginner s guide to the man credited with bringing in the Golden Age of crime and mystery fiction in Japan It contains not only some stellar examples of his ficton work, but also an array of essays that let us get into the mind of the man a little bit.I found the short stories mostly interesting, though I wonder if something wasn t lost in translation sincec the language sometimes felt a bit clunky Still, each one kept me reading and left me excited for the n The Edogawa Rampo reader is like a beginner s guide to the man credited with bringing in the Golden Age of crime and mystery fiction in Japan It contains not only some stellar examples of his ficton work, but also an array of essays that let us get into the mind of the man a little bit.I found the short stories mostly interesting, though I wonder if something wasn t lost in translation sincec the language sometimes felt a bit clunky Still, each one kept me reading and left me excited for the next.But the real gem here for me were the essays He talks a lot about optics and the sense of unreality or too much reality they can give from microscopes to movies And the play of optics does seem to be a recurring theme in a lot of hishorror themed stuff Also, his essay on tricks in mystery fiction reads like a primer to how the mysteries in Detective Conan are formed If you ve ever been interested, this is a great place to start The best and most famous story in this excellent collection is The Stalker in the Attic Yaneura no Sanposha, 1926 In this masterful tale Ranpo combines Ero Guro and detection elements It is set in a newly built boarding house, where Goda Saburo a young man bored with life, who seeks thrills by cross dressing and going out in disguise like the protagonist in Tanizaki s The Secret discovers that via the large Japanese style built in cupboard in his room, he has access to the unused a The best and most famous story in this excellent collection is The Stalker in the Attic Yaneura no Sanposha, 1926 In this masterful tale Ranpo combines Ero Guro and detection elements It is set in a newly built boarding house, where Goda Saburo a young man bored with life, who seeks thrills by cross dressing and going out in disguise like the protagonist in Tanizaki s The Secret discovers that via the large Japanese style built in cupboard in his room, he has access to the unused attic which runs above all the rooms of the boarding house He finds a new voyeuristic thrill by spying through cracks in the floor on his fellow boarders as a Peeping Tom Also just for a thrill, he decides to murder a fellow boarder, Endo, who has the habit of sleeping with wide open mouth below one such a hole in the wooden ceiling The method Goda uses is very ingenious, but he is no match for detective Akechi Kogoro.The various film versions made of this story strongly emphasize the Ero Guro elements and even introduce new ones such as the 1976 pink eiga version by Tanaka Nobuo in comparison Ranpo s story is even rather tame Interesting and entertaining, and not quite what I thought it would be I wouldn t give it lower marks for that though I enjoyed it, but the stories didn t quite do it for me This is not Poe, nor is it the detective fiction I expected There is very little in here that feels like a detective story to me, but perhaps his longer works arein that vein I m not sure if it was the original or the translation My Japanese isn t nearly good enough to read the original , but the flow of the stor Interesting and entertaining, and not quite what I thought it would be I wouldn t give it lower marks for that though I enjoyed it, but the stories didn t quite do it for me This is not Poe, nor is it the detective fiction I expected There is very little in here that feels like a detective story to me, but perhaps his longer works arein that vein I m not sure if it was the original or the translation My Japanese isn t nearly good enough to read the original , but the flow of the stories felt a little off to me I liked a lot of the ideas, but felt like they needed retelling Perhaps that is the nonsense part of the ero guro nonsense that just doesn t appeal to me And none of them had the heart pounding, spooky, poetic thrill of Poe Stuff happened and I d think, oh that was weird, or that was cool, or that was gruesome, but my pulse never elevated, and I was never reluctant to turn the page The essays were a mixed bag as well They were interesting but rambling My favorite one was The Phantom Lord because I related to it a lot In it, he says things that I ve always felt, so I had a real connection to it Dickens vs Poe also had a lot of interesting bits in it, as did A Desire for Transformation, and An Eccentric Idea was a nice catalog of mystery tropes, some of which to this day get used ad nauseam, and yet still tend to please But the essays sometimes feel incohesive, as if they were unedited journal entries That in itself has a kind of charm to it, I suppose All in all, I would recommend it, if it sounds interesting to you, and I ll probably pick up a longer work at some point and give it a try Half of this volume contains eight of Rampo s classic crime stories from the 1920s 30s The second half is mostly forgettable magazine essays There is also a tedious introduction by the translator that gives away the plots of some of the stories He also details the plots of several stories that are not in this book In short, despite its intentions, this reader is not the ideal introduction to the works of Rampo You would be better off reading Edogawa Rampo The Early Cases of Akechi Kogoro Half of this volume contains eight of Rampo s classic crime stories from the 1920s 30s The second half is mostly forgettable magazine essays There is also a tedious introduction by the translator that gives away the plots of some of the stories He also details the plots of several stories that are not in this book In short, despite its intentions, this reader is not the ideal introduction to the works of Rampo You would be better off reading Edogawa Rampo The Early Cases of Akechi Kogoro Definitely interesting collection, though of the three collections of Rampo I have read, this one was the least interesting to me The academic essay at the beginning provided some insight, but came across as long winded and it spoiled many of the stories The stories themselves were some of the least interesting I have read by Rampo, and the essays by Rampo are sporadically interesting but seem barely formed and often end abruptly Disappointing for me anyway. Edogawa Rampo pseudonym of Hirai Taro, is the acknowledged grand master of Japan s golden age of crime and mystery fiction He is also a major writer in the tradition of Japanese Modernism, and exerts a massive influence on the popular and literary culture of today s Japan The Edogawa Rampo Reader presents a selection of outstanding examples of his short fiction, and a selection of his non fiction prose Together, they present a full and accurate picture of Rampo as a major contributor to the Japanese literary scene, helping to clarify his achievements to the English speaking world All the content of the Rampo Reader is brand new to English His non fiction work has never been translated into English before This is the only place to find a comprehensive one volume introduction to the world of Edogawa Rampo ❮Reading❯ ➵ Fisica 1 - Principios y Problemas ➭ Author Paul W. 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