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Kōbō Abe (1924–1993)

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Kobo Abe is the pseudonym of Kimifusa Abe, who was born in Tokyo, Japan on March 7 1924. He was brought up in Manchuria where he lived with his father, a doctor of the hosipital attached to the Imperial Medical Colledge of Manchuria. In elementary school, he was educated in the experimental way, in visa mer which a teacher trained children to debating and rapid reading. Abe went back to Tokyo and went to Sejo Koko High School, a famous private school. He was later admitted to the faculty of medicine of Tokyo University. In 1944, Abe heard that Japan would lose the war before long and he forged a medical certificate to get home to Manchuria. He earned his medical degree in 1948, but never practiced. After graduation he began his writing career and became a member of a literary group led by Kiyoteru Hamada. Often compared to Kafka , he treated the contemporary human predicament in a realistic yet symbolic style. In 1951 he got the Akutagawa Award by his first masterpiece, Kabe (The Walls). Among Abe's novels are Woman in the Dunes, published in 1962 and made into a film in 1964, and his best-known work, Secret Rendezvous. His plays include Friends, published in 1967. The first of his short stories to appear in English were collected in Beyond the Curve, 1944-66. Abe died in 1993. (Bowker Author Biography) visa färre
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Verk av Kōbō Abe

Kvinnan i sanden (1964) 3,056 exemplar
The Box Man (1973) 965 exemplar
En annans ansikte (1966) 745 exemplar
Den förstörda kartan : roman (1967) 645 exemplar
The Ark Sakura (1984) 475 exemplar
Secret Rendezvous (1977) 461 exemplar
Inter Ice Age 4 (1959) 371 exemplar
Kangaroo Notebook (1991) 360 exemplar
Beyond the Curve (1991) 217 exemplar
Friends: A Play (1967) 72 exemplar
Woman in the Dunes [1964 film] (1964) — Writer — 43 exemplar
Beasts Head for Home (2017) 35 exemplar
Three Plays by Kobo Abe (1993) 35 exemplar
The Wall (1951) 26 exemplar
The Unrelated Death (1964) 16 exemplar
Die Erfindung des R 62 (1974) 12 exemplar
Toverkrijt (1989) 12 exemplar
De Japanse herfst : moderne Japanse verhalen (1989) — Författare — 11 exemplar
Idéntico al ser humano (2010) 7 exemplar
Kutu Adam (1993) 5 exemplar
The Laughing Moon (1975) 5 exemplar
Just Like Humans (1967) 5 exemplar
Encuentros secretos (2013) 4 exemplar
Cutie and the Beast Vol. 4 (2023) 3 exemplar
Kastimees (2023) 3 exemplar
Baskasinin Yüzü (2018) 3 exemplar
Tre metamorfosi: racconti (1996) 3 exemplar
Kanguru Defteri (2017) 2 exemplar
League of the Hungry (2006) 2 exemplar
Four Stories (1973) 2 exemplar
Virane Harita (2019) 1 exemplar
" Izbrannoe". 1 exemplar
Kobieta z wydm 1 exemplar
Neljas jääaeg 1 exemplar
Избранное 1 exemplar
跳蚤奔月 1 exemplar
箱子裹的男人 1 exemplar
De droomsoldaat 1 exemplar
砂の女 1 exemplar
箱男 1 exemplar
Stony Eyes (1960) 1 exemplar
反劇的人間 (1979) 1 exemplar
Inter Ice age 4 1 exemplar
La mujer de arena 1 exemplar
Zena u pesku (2009) 1 exemplar
榎本武揚 (中公文庫) (1967) 1 exemplar
The dream escape (1977) 1 exemplar
Červený kokon 1 exemplar
L'arca Ciliegio (1997) 1 exemplar

Associerade verk

The Oxford Book of Japanese Short Stories (1997) — Bidragsgivare — 226 exemplar
The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Fifth Annual Collection (1992) — Bidragsgivare — 202 exemplar
The Best Japanese Science Fiction Stories (1989) — Bidragsgivare — 162 exemplar
The Road to Science Fiction #6: Around The World (1998) — Bidragsgivare — 46 exemplar
One World of Literature (1992) — Bidragsgivare — 24 exemplar
New Writing in Japan (1972) — Bidragsgivare — 22 exemplar
Murder in Japan: Japanese Stories of Crime and Detection (1987) — Bidragsgivare — 19 exemplar
Vestenfor måne : 56 fantastiske fortellinger fra hele verden (1972) — Bidragsgivare — 16 exemplar
S-Fマガジン 1966年11月号 (通巻88号) (1966) — Bidragsgivare — 1 exemplar


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The Box Man by Kobo Abe i Author Theme Reads (maj 2015)
Secret Rendezvous by Kobo Abe i Author Theme Reads (maj 2013)
The Woman in the Dunes by Kōbō Abé i Author Theme Reads (maj 2012)
The Face of Another by Kobo Abe i Author Theme Reads (april 2012)


Niki Jumpei, an amateur entomologist, seeks a rare beetle in the desert. The day ends, and he is lost in the sand dunes. In desperation, he agrees to assistance from another man who finds the entomologist shelter for the night. He is taken to a sand cliff from which he is lowered by rope ladder to a small house, partially covered by sand and inhabited by a lone woman. In the morning, the rope is gone but the woman remains.

The story was terrifying and engrossing all at once. It had the essence of one person being alone, yet not being alone; disappearing and yet not disappearing. Thinking of a person placed in a captive situation, it made me question whether it would be better to remain aloof or to befriend a captor. Presenting just as many questions as answers, this book turned out to be an incredible mind trip. I kept on trying to figure out what it all meant, whether it was a metaphor for anything at all or just a bizarre tale meant for entertainment. It was a story, complete with perfectly situated pen-and-ink drawings, about the meaning of being held captive and containing sequences of events and scenery which made for surreal and fascinating reading.… (mer)
SqueakyChu | 64 andra recensioner | Dec 8, 2023 |
Psychologický román s prvky sci-fi je příběhem vědce, jemuž výbuch v laboratoři znetvořil tvář. Přes úsilí lékařů zůstává zohyzděn, takže se mezi lidmi pohybuje jen s obvazem
PDSS | 14 andra recensioner | Oct 11, 2023 |
Collapsed [...] like a marionette whose strings had been cut,

Abe is doing a couple interesting things here:
-Some play in the Mask Face relationship. Mask as a kind of face; face subordinated (in the animistic sense) to the mask; mask as the real self (simulacrum) and the self which is already a kind of mask.
-An attempt at technical detail that is almost believable (though reads as juvenilia compared to later accomplishments in The Box Man).
-Wearing a mask so he can date his wife, condemning her for dating him (scarred face), condemning her for dating him (mask face), condemning her for lack of prurience, condemning her for imagined prurience. condemning her for not seeing through the mask, but utterly destroyed when he realizes that she has seen through it/leaves him.

After a long time, I picked up this book, blindly, and thought, "this guy sounds like Kōbō Abe when he writes about women," so at least it can be said he has a style.
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Joe.Olipo | 14 andra recensioner | Sep 19, 2023 |
Non è la sabbia che scorre, ma forse lo stesso scorrere è la sabbia. Non riesco a spiegarmi bene.


La respirazione, il camminare, la peristalsi dei visceri, i programmi quotidiani di ricerca, le domeniche ogni sette giorni, gli esami di fine stagione ogni quattro mesi, non solo non arrivano a darci la pace, ma ci incitano nuovamente al tran tran della vita. Di giorno in giorno, poi, si aumenta la quantità del fumo, e, dopo i sogni in cui si cerca affannosamente, con una donna dalle unghie sporche, un posto tranquillo e nascosto agli occhi dei curiosi, infine ci si accorge di essere intossicati, e poi, ricordandosi a un tratto del firmamento sostenuto dai cicli dei movimenti ellittici estremamente monotoni, e delle dune comandate dalla lunghezza d'onda di 1/8 di mm, improvvisamente ci si rende conto della situazione reale.


E resto sempre perplesso dal fatto che Sisifo ritrovi sempre il masso ad aspettarlo...
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NewLibrary78 | 64 andra recensioner | Jul 22, 2023 |



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