The Woman in the Dunes

Kobo Abe (Author)
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Description

This contemporary Japanese novel combines elements of myth, suspense, and existentialism. In a remote seaside village, Niki Jumpei, a teacher and amateur entomologist, is held captive with a young woman at the bottom of a sand pit, where they must shovel off the ever-advancing sand dunes.

Product Details

Price
$16.00  $14.72
Publisher
Vintage
Publish Date
April 16, 1991
Pages
256
Dimensions
5.22 X 0.53 X 8.06 inches | 0.42 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9780679733782
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About the Author

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 film adaptations of four of his novels--including The Woman in the Dunes--and was also widely known as a dramatist. He died in 1993.

Reviews

"Devious, addictive. . . . Never less than compulsive. . . . Abe is an accomplished stylist."
--David Mitchell

"Abe follows with meticulous precision his hero's constantly shifting physical, emotional and psychological states."
--The New York Times Book Review

"As is true of Poe and Kafka . . . Abe creates on the page an unexpected impulsion. One continues reading, on and on."
--The New Yorker