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Review:

"A fat hermit (named Pig, who prefers to be addressed as Mole) fears imminent nuclear disaster and outfits a vast former quarry inside a mountain with everything necessary for the survival of a small community. Then he heads for twon and shops for candidates to invite into his bomb shelter....The Ark Sakura is a large ambitious work about the lives of outcasts in modern Japan and such troubling themes as ecological destruction, old age, violence and nuclear war." The New York Times Book Review

Review:

"Abe's depiction of the deadly game of survival is hilarious but at the same time leaves us with a chilling sense of apprehension about the brave new world that awaits us." Los Angeles Times

Review:

"As is true of Poe and Kafka — two writers who influence does seem apparent — Abe creates on the page an unexpected impulsion. One continues reading, on and on." The New Yorker

Review:

"Abe, generally considered Japan's leading novelist, is a literary magician with a very special bag of tricks. Among them is a deadpan matter-of-factness that gives his chilling vision of human destiny much of its impact." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"Although the novel torments the mind and heart, it compels unswerving attention." Library Journal

About the Author

Kobo Abe was born in Tokyo and grew up in Mukden, Manchuria, during World War II. In 1948 he received a medical degree from Tokyo Imperial University, but he has never practiced medicine. Abe is considered his country's foremost living novelist. His books have earned many literary awards and prizes, and have all been best sellers in Japan. They include The Woman in the Dunes, The Face of Another, The Box Man, and Secret Rendezvous. Abe is also widely known as a dramatist. He lives in Toky owith his wife, the artist Machi Abe.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780679721611
Editor:
McDonald, Erroll
Translator:
Carpenter, Juliet Winters
Publisher:
Vintage Books
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Near and far eastern fiction (fictional works
Copyright:
Edition Description:
1st Vintage international ed.
Series Volume:
v. 136, art. 15
Publication Date:
1989
Binding:
Trade Paper
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
333 p.
Dimensions:
8.05x5.23x.70 in. .60 lbs.

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Product details 333 p. pages Vintage Books,1989, c1988. - English 9780679721611 Reviews:
"Review" by , "A fat hermit (named Pig, who prefers to be addressed as Mole) fears imminent nuclear disaster and outfits a vast former quarry inside a mountain with everything necessary for the survival of a small community. Then he heads for twon and shops for candidates to invite into his bomb shelter....The Ark Sakura is a large ambitious work about the lives of outcasts in modern Japan and such troubling themes as ecological destruction, old age, violence and nuclear war."
"Review" by , "Abe's depiction of the deadly game of survival is hilarious but at the same time leaves us with a chilling sense of apprehension about the brave new world that awaits us."
"Review" by , "As is true of Poe and Kafka — two writers who influence does seem apparent — Abe creates on the page an unexpected impulsion. One continues reading, on and on."
"Review" by , "Abe, generally considered Japan's leading novelist, is a literary magician with a very special bag of tricks. Among them is a deadpan matter-of-factness that gives his chilling vision of human destiny much of its impact."
"Review" by , "Although the novel torments the mind and heart, it compels unswerving attention."
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