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The Woman in the Dunes

Written by Kobo Abe

The Woman in the Dunes
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Category: Fiction - Literary; Fiction - Classics
Imprint: Vintage
Format: Trade Paperback
Pub Date: April 1991
Price: $15.00
Can. Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-73378-2 (0-679-73378-7)
Pages: 256
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One of the premier Japanese novels of the 20th century, The Woman in the Dunes combines the essence of myth, suspense, and the existential novel. In a remote seaside village, Niki Jumpei, a teacher and amateur entomologist, is held captive with a young woman at the bottom of a vast sand pit where, Sisyphus-like, they are pressed into shoveling off the ever-advancing sand dunes that threaten the village. Translated from the Japanese by E. Dale Saunders.

"Abe follows with meticulous precision his hero's constantly shifting physical, emotional and psychological states. He also presents...everyday existence in a sand pit with such compelling realism that these passages serve both to heighten the credibility of the bizarre plot and subtly increases the interior tensions of the novel." —The New York Times Book Review

“One of the maddest books I’ve ever loved.” —Junot Diaz, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao



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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 
Kobo Abe was born in Tokyo in 1924, grew up in Manchuria, and returned to Japan in his early twenties. In 1948 he receiveved a medical degree from Tokyo Imperial University, but he never practiced medicine. Before his death in 1993, Abe was considered his country’s foremost living novelist, and was also widely known as a dramatist. His novels have earned many literary awards and prizes, and have all been bestsellers in Japan. They include The Woman in the Dunes, Kangaroo Notebook, The Ark Sakura, The Face of Another, The Box Man, and Secret Rendezvous.





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