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Kobo Abe

Kobo Abe was born in Tokyo in 1924 and grew up in Mukden, Manchuria, during World War II. In 1948 he received a medical degree from Tokyo Imperial University, but he never practiced medicine. Considered one of Japan’s foremost novelists, his most famous works include The Face of Another (1964), The Box Man (1973), Secret Rendezvous (1977), and The Ark Sakura (1984). All of Abe’s books have been bestsellers in Japan and he was the recipient of numerous literary awards and prizes, including the Yomiuri Prize for The Woman in the Dunes in 1962. He collaborated with director Hiroshi Teshigahara on... Read More

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The Ark Sakura
Written by Kobo Abe
Vintage | Trade Paperback | February 2009
$16.95/19.95(Canada) | 978-0-307-38963-3 (0-307-38963-4)

A classic from the renowned Japanese novelist about isolation and the threat of a nuclear holocaust, The Ark Sakura is as timely today as it was at its original publication.

In this Kafkaesque allegorical fantasy, Mole has converted a huge underground quarry into an “ark” capable of surviving the coming nuclear holocaust... Read more






The Face of Another
Written by Kobo Abe
Vintage | Trade Paperback | February 2003
$15.95/18.95(Canada) | 978-0-375-72653-8 (0-375-72653-5)

Like an elegantly chilling postscript to The Metamorphosis, this classic of postwar Japanese literature describes a bizarre physical transformation that exposes the duplicities of an entire world. The narrator is a scientist hideously deformed in a laboratory accident–a man who has lost his face and, with it, his connection to other... Read more






Secret Rendezvous
Written by Kobo Abe
Vintage | Trade Paperback | July 2002
$14.95/18.95(Canada) | 978-0-375-72654-5 (0-375-72654-3)

From the acclaimed author of Woman in the Dunes comes Secret Rendezvous, the bizarrely erotic and comic adventures of a man searching for his missing wife in a mysteriously vast underground hospital.
From the moment that an ambulance appears in the middle of the night to take his wife, who protests that... Read more






The Ruined Map
Written by Kobo Abe
Vintage | Trade Paperback | December 2001
$16.95/18.95(Canada) | 978-0-375-72652-1 (0-375-72652-7)

Of all the great Japanese novelists, Kobe Abe was indubitably the most versatile. With The Ruined Map, he crafted a mesmerizing literary crime novel that combines the narrative suspense of Chandler with the psychological depth of Dostoevsky.

Mr. Nemuro, a respected salesman, disappeared over half a year ago, but only now does... Read more






The Box Man
Written by Kobo Abe
Vintage | Trade Paperback | July 2001
$15.00/18.95(Canada) | 978-0-375-72651-4 (0-375-72651-9)

Kobo Abe, the internationally acclaimed author of Woman in the Dunes, combines wildly imaginative fantasies and naturalistic prose to create narratives reminiscent of the work of Kafka and Beckett.

In this eerie and evocative masterpiece, the nameless protagonist gives up his identity and the trappings of a normal life to live in... Read more






Kangaroo Notebook
Written by Kobo Abe
Vintage | Trade Paperback | April 1997
$15.95/17.95(Canada) | 978-0-679-74663-8 (0-679-74663-3)

In the last novel written before his death in 1993, one of Japan's most distinguished novelists proffered a surreal vision of Japanese society that manages to be simultaneously fearful and jarringly funny. The narrator of Kangaroo Notebook wakes on morning to discover that his legs are growing radish sprouts, an ailment... Read more






The Woman in the Dunes
Written by Kobo Abe
Vintage | Trade Paperback | April 1991
$15.00/18.00(Canada) | 978-0-679-73378-2 (0-679-73378-7)

The Woman in the Dunes, by celebrated writer and thinker Kobo Abe, combines the essence of myth, suspense and the existential novel.
 
After missing the last bus home following a day trip to the seashore, an amateur entomologist is offered lodging for the night at the bottom of a vast... Read more





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