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Kōbō Abe (1924–1993)

Forfatter af The Woman in the Dunes

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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 vis mere 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) vis mindre
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Værker af Kōbō Abe

The Woman in the Dunes (1964) 2,984 eksemplarer
The Box Man (1973) 942 eksemplarer
The Face of Another (1966) 724 eksemplarer
The Ruined Map (1967) 628 eksemplarer
The Ark Sakura (1984) 464 eksemplarer
Secret Rendezvous (1977) 448 eksemplarer
Inter Ice Age 4 (1959) 368 eksemplarer
Kangaroo Notebook (1991) 355 eksemplarer
Beyond the Curve (1991) 212 eksemplarer
Friends: A Play (1967) 71 eksemplarer
Woman in the Dunes [1964 film] (1964) — Writer — 43 eksemplarer
Three Plays by Kobo Abe (1993) 36 eksemplarer
Beasts Head for Home (2017) 33 eksemplarer
The Wall (1951) 26 eksemplarer
The Unrelated Death (1964) 16 eksemplarer
Die Erfindung des R 62 (1974) 12 eksemplarer
Toverkrijt (1989) 12 eksemplarer
De Japanse herfst : moderne Japanse verhalen (1989) — Forfatter — 11 eksemplarer
The Laughing Moon (1975) 5 eksemplarer
Just Like Humans (1967) 5 eksemplarer
Idéntico al ser humano (2010) 5 eksemplarer
Kutu Adam (1993) 4 eksemplarer
Encuentros secretos (2013) 4 eksemplarer
Tre metamorfosi: racconti (1996) 3 eksemplarer
Baskasinin Yüzü (2018) 2 eksemplarer
League of the Hungry (2006) 2 eksemplarer
Four Stories (1973) 2 eksemplarer
Kastimees 1 eksemplar
砂の女 1 eksemplar
De droomsoldaat 1 eksemplar
" Izbrannoe". 1 eksemplar
箱子裹的男人 1 eksemplar
Kobieta z wydm 1 eksemplar
Избранное 1 eksemplar
跳蚤奔月 1 eksemplar
Červený kokon 1 eksemplar
内なる辺境 (中公文庫) (1975) 1 eksemplar
Zena u pesku (2009) 1 eksemplar
Neljas jääaeg 1 eksemplar
L'arca Ciliegio (1997) 1 eksemplar
Kanguru Defteri (2017) 1 eksemplar
La mujer de arena 1 eksemplar
Inter Ice age 4 1 eksemplar
箱男 1 eksemplar
反劇的人間 (1979) 1 eksemplar
榎本武揚 (中公文庫) (1967) 1 eksemplar
Stony Eyes (1960) 1 eksemplar
The dream escape (1977) 1 eksemplar

Associated Works

The Oxford Book of Japanese Short Stories (1997) — Bidragyder — 225 eksemplarer
The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Fifth Annual Collection (1992) — Bidragyder — 203 eksemplarer
The Best Japanese Science Fiction Stories (1989) — Bidragyder — 162 eksemplarer
The Road to Science Fiction #6: Around The World (1998) — Bidragyder — 46 eksemplarer
New Writing in Japan (1972) — Bidragyder — 22 eksemplarer
One World of Literature (1992) — Bidragyder — 22 eksemplarer
Murder in Japan: Japanese Stories of Crime and Detection (1987) — Bidragyder — 19 eksemplarer
Vestenfor måne : 56 fantastiske fortellinger fra hele verden (1972) — Bidragyder — 16 eksemplarer
S-Fマガジン 1966年11月号 (通巻88号) (1966) — Bidragyder — 1 eksemplar

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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)


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 andre anmeldelser | 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 andre anmeldelser | 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 | 63 andre anmeldelser | Jul 22, 2023 |
An existentialist Japanese novel about a man getting stuck in a village, buried by sand.

Extremely atmospheric, with the sand almost being its own character. The level of detail it is written really allows for the reader to get absorbed into the oppressive atmosphere of the sand. You can almost feel the sand stuck to your sweaty body, or taste it in your mouth. The level of detail really added a layer of realism to the story that otherwise read like some sort of hazy fever dream.

My only gripe is the main character felt like an incel at times, and some parts felt a bit "rapey" and over sexualized. Generally I don't mind unlikable characters, so it wasn't a huge deal for me, but was just a bit uncomfortable at times.… (mere)
Andjhostet | 63 andre anmeldelser | Jul 4, 2023 |



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John Gall Designer
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David Mitchell Introduction
Suzanne Rosset Traduction
E. Dale Sauders Translator
Hilde Bervoets Translator
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