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The Woman in the Dunes

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ISBN13: 9780679733782
ISBN10: 0679733787
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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 sand pit. But when he attempts to leave the next morning, he quickly discovers that the locals have other plans. Held captive with seemingly no chance of escape, he is tasked with shoveling back the ever-advancing sand dunes that threaten to destroy the village. His only companion is an odd young woman. Together their fates become intertwined as they work side by side at this Sisyphean task.

Review:

"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 increase the interior tensions of the novel." The New York Times Book Review

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

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“Devious, addictive....Never less than compulsive....Abe is an accomplished stylist.” David Mitchell

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"Some of Kobo Abe's readers will recall Kafka's manipulation of a nightmarish tyranny of the unknown, others Beckett's selection of sites like the sand pit...as a symbol of the undignified human predicament." Saturday Review

Synopsis:

One of the premier Japanese novels of the twentieth century, The Women 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.

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.

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takkaisamma, May 20, 2013 (view all comments by takkaisamma)
Abe-san depicted one of the deeper moral concerns that never fails to surprise Westerners. In Japan, despite the polite protocols, if one is not part of a person's contingent circle, do not expect help. Even if you are flat on your face in the street. The Good Samaritan has not made it to Japan. This story is same boat, different ocean.
The morals of anonymity are particularly interesting right now for all points on the globe given the anonymity of the Internet where people say outrageous, slimy things because they don't have to look their correspondents in the eyes. This book has a fabulous premise along those lines of moral responsibility and to whom. The black and white film (available through Netflix) is one of the best movies I've ever seen in any language. If you've never read JLit, this is a great place to start for artistry and social commentary. Abe-san was one of the last of the great Moderns.
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Lainie, September 26, 2006 (view all comments by Lainie)
Like a bad dream any imagination can identify with, Abe's story is at once beautiful and terrifying. Feeling trapped has never had this spin. Read this book with a glass of cold water nearby.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780679733782
Author:
Abe, Kobo
Publisher:
Vintage Books
Translator:
Saunders, E. Dale
Editor:
McDonald, Erroll
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Japan
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
Near and far eastern fiction (fictional works
Subject:
Near and far east
Subject:
Japan Fiction.
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage International
Series Volume:
P2734
Publication Date:
19910431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8.06x5.22x.53 in. .42 lbs.

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Product details 256 pages Vintage Books - English 9780679733782 Reviews:
"Review" by , "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 increase the interior tensions of the novel."
"Review" by , “As is true of Poe and Kafka....Abe creates on the page an unexpected impulsion. One continues reading, on and on.”
"Review" by , “Devious, addictive....Never less than compulsive....Abe is an accomplished stylist.”
"Review" by , "Some of Kobo Abe's readers will recall Kafka's manipulation of a nightmarish tyranny of the unknown, others Beckett's selection of sites like the sand pit...as a symbol of the undignified human predicament."
"Synopsis" by , One of the premier Japanese novels of the twentieth century, The Women 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.
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