The Galley Beggar Press
Short Story Prize 2018/19


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Classic Stories No. 5:
Ryūnosuke Akutagawa, ‘The quiet manor’ (translated from the Japanese)

AS WE ENTER THE FINAL TWO WEEKS OF THE GBP Short Story Prize 2018/19, we’ll be posting recommendations from our judges of short stories (both classic and contemporary) for readers and entrants to access freely.

Today, here is Ryūnosuke Akutagawa ’s ‘The quiet manor’, chosen by GBP Short Story Prize judge Aki Schilz. Aki writes: ‘Akutagawa is a master of the short form, revered in his native Japan but lesser known (criminally so, I think) abroad. His atmospheric, understated but still rich style is on display in this story, with just a frisson of the macabre for which he was famous, defying rigid structure in favour of atmosphere.’

You can read ‘The quiet manor’ here.

An article on Ryūnosuke can be found here.

To learn more about this year’s prize, head here.