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Japan Society Book Club: The Early Cases of Akechi Kogoro by Edogawa Ranpo

11 March — 7:00 pm


Monday 11 March 2019       7.00pm

The Japan Society
13 / 14 Cornwall Terrace
London NW1 4QP

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The Early Cases of Akechi Kogoro presents four stories by Edogawa Ranpo’s recurring character, the great detective Akechi Kogoro. Akechi first appeared in the story ‘The Case of the Murder on D. Hill’ in January 1925 and Ranpo never intended to make further use of the character. However the positive reactions of friends and colleagues prompted him to make Akechi the protagonist of his detective fiction for a quarter of a century. Inspired by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes, this celebrated character has been the hero of Japanese children for generations, and starred in a host of movies. The Early Cases of Akechi Kogoro also includes ‘The Black Hand Gang’, ‘The Ghost’ and ‘The Dwarf’.

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Edogawa Ranpo (pseudonym of Hirai Tarō,1894-1965) is one of the founding fathers of Japanese detective novels. A prolific writer, he wrote over one hundred and fifty short stories and novels in his long career and is the acknowledged grand master of Japan’s golden age of crime and mystery fiction. He attended Waseda University but studied economics rather than English Literature. Influenced by early translations of Arthur Conan Doyle and Edgar Allan Poe, he became fond of the gritty, dark nature of western murder mysteries.

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