The Grass-Cutting Sword

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The Grass-Cutting Sword
GrassCuttingSword cover.jpg
Cover of The Grass-Cutting Sword, first edition
Author Catherynne M. Valente
Country United States
Language English
Genre Postmodern novella
Publisher Prime Books
Publication date
December 1, 2006
Media type Paperback
Pages 127 pp
ISBN 0-8095-6230-8
OCLC 71827154

The Grass-Cutting Sword is a novella by Catherynne M. Valente. It was published by Prime Books in 2006.

Plot summary[edit]

Susanoo slaying the Yamata no Orochi, by Toyohara Chikanobu

The tale is a postmodern interpretation of the Japanese folk-tale of Ame-no-Murakumo-no-Tsurugi ("Heaven's Cloud-Gathering Sword"), which is taken from the collection of folk-lore in the Kojiki. The action shifts between the journey of the storm-god Susanoo who has been banished to earth in human form by his sister, the Sun Goddess Amaterasu, as he attempts to slay the eight-headed serpent Yamata-no-Orochi. Valente also portrays the serpent's side of the story with a twist; the tale told by Orochi is intercut or added to by the seven maidens who have been sacrificed to the monster.[1]


  1. ^ Catherynne M. Valente: The Grass-Cutting Sword. [1]. Retrieved 2008-12-19.