From the literary giant of Japan, who is often referred to as the Godfather of the Japanese short story, and after whom the most coveted literary prize of Japan is named, the Akutagawa Prize, comes this collection of three of his greatest short stories. Akutagawa is probably best known for his story Rashomon, which was adapted for the screen by legendary filmmaker Akira Kurosawa. While he died at the young age of 35, the author penned well over 150 short stories, including Cogwheels, which he wrote just before his suicide in 1927. Accompanied by stunning woodcuts by renowned artist Naoko Matsubara, and expertly translated by Howard Norman, the three stories compiled here reflect the haunting, precise, and brilliant style of Akutagawa and offer a superb entry point to his work. Haruki Murakami aptly described Akutagawas writing when he remarked, the flow of his language is the best feature of Akutagawas style. Never stagnant, it moves along like a living thing.