The Nose (Akutagawa)

Introduction

"The Nose" (鼻, Hana) is a satirical short story by Akutagawa Ryūnosuke based on a thirteenth-century Japanese tale from the Uji Shūi Monogatari.[2][3] "The Nose" was Akutagawa’s second short story, written not long after "Rashōmon". It was first published in January 1916[4] in the Tokyo Imperial University student magazine Shinshichō[1] and later published in other magazines and various Akutagawa anthologies. The story is mainly a commentary on vanity and religion, in a style and theme typical to Akutagawa’s work.


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