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Kobo Abe (1924-1993) was one of the most acclaimed Japanese authors of the 20th century. His works include The Woman in the Dunes, Kangaroo Notebook, The Face of Another, The Box Man, The Ruined Map, Secret Rendezous, Inter Ice Age 4, and several others. He was awarded the Tanizaki, Akutagawa, and Yomiuri Prizes.