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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 a large cardboard box he wears over his head. Wandering the streets of Tokyo and scribbling madly on the interior walls of his box, he describes the world outside as he sees or perhaps imagines it, a tenuous reality that seems to include a mysterious rifleman determined to shoot him, a seductive young nurse, and a doctor who wants to become a box man himself. The Box Man is a marvel of sheer originality and a bizarrely fascinating fable about the very nature of identity.

Translated from the Japanese by E. Dale Saunders.

Review:

"A spellbinder from beginning to end, an edgy masterpiece." Chicago Sun-Times

Review:

"Brilliant...Like Kafka's, Abe's work reveals an astonishing ability to create dreamlike events. And like Kafka, Abe writes with simplicity and precision, a style so deceptive that only the most attentive reader will be aware of the existential abyss opening beneath the seemingly spare surface of the novels." Chicago Tribune

Review:

"A stunning addition to the literature of eccentricity, those bitter, crying voices of Melville's Bartleby the Scrivener and Dostoevsky's Underground Man...funny, sad and destructive, an ontological thriller." The New York Times

Review:

"Japan's most important, gifted and original writer of serious fiction...Abe writes with singing, poetic, and almost proletarian exuberance." The New York Times Magazine

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 countrys 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.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780375726514
Author:
Abe, Kobo
Publisher:
Vintage Books
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Translations into english
Subject:
Japan
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage International (Paperback)
Series Volume:
no. 416
Publication Date:
20010731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
9 PHOTOGRAPHS BY THE AUTHOR
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
8.00x5.20x.55 in. .49 lbs.

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Product details 192 pages Vintage Books USA - English 9780375726514 Reviews:
"Review" by , "A spellbinder from beginning to end, an edgy masterpiece."
"Review" by , "Brilliant...Like Kafka's, Abe's work reveals an astonishing ability to create dreamlike events. And like Kafka, Abe writes with simplicity and precision, a style so deceptive that only the most attentive reader will be aware of the existential abyss opening beneath the seemingly spare surface of the novels."
"Review" by , "A stunning addition to the literature of eccentricity, those bitter, crying voices of Melville's Bartleby the Scrivener and Dostoevsky's Underground Man...funny, sad and destructive, an ontological thriller."
"Review" by , "Japan's most important, gifted and original writer of serious fiction...Abe writes with singing, poetic, and almost proletarian exuberance."
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