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A local Reverend notices, through a small window in his study, a young woman sitting in her room, reading a book. A sharp modern take on small-town America from American Classic author Sherwood Anderson.
Fear, an obsession of the senses, and paranoia all converge in this classic tale by the master of horror and suspense into the consciousness of a mind determined to convince the readers of one deceptive truth called sanity.
Neither a socialist nor an imperialist, the fundamentally apolitical Akutagawa is here concerned only with pointing out human folly – in particular the rattan-chair pretensions of those within his own class, the literati.
Is life, with all its futility, nothing but a dream, or perhaps simply a passing thought? Big questions vs. small life are depicted through the consciousness of this “ridiculous man”.
In this modernist subversion of the classic ghost story, Virginia Woolf uses all of the standard imagery of the genre–inexplicable sounds, doors closing by themselves, mysterious voices–to create a unique perspective on the supernatural. A mixture of short story and prose poem, fans of literature and ghost stories alike will enjoy this highly original work.