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The Woman in the Dunes - (Vintage International) by Kobo Abe (Paperback)

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Highlights

  • The Woman in the Dunes, by celebrated writer and thinker Kobo Abe, combines the essence of myth, suspense and the existential novel.
  • About the Author: Kobo Abe was born in Tokyo in 1924 and grew up in Mukden, Manchuria, during World War II.
  • 256 Pages
  • Fiction + Literature Genres, Literary
  • Series Name: Vintage International

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About the Book



"Originally published in Japan as Suna no onna by Shinchosha, Tokyo, in 1962. This translation originally published in the United States by Alfred A. Knopf, Inc., New York, in 1964."--T.p. verso.



Book Synopsis



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 Quotes




"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



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.
Dimensions (Overall): 8.06 Inches (H) x 5.22 Inches (W) x .53 Inches (D)
Weight: .42 Pounds
Suggested Age: 22 Years and Up
Number of Pages: 256
Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres
Sub-Genre: Literary
Series Title: Vintage International
Publisher: Vintage
Format: Paperback
Author: Kobo Abe
Language: English
Street Date: April 16, 1991
TCIN: 11453581
UPC: 9780679733782
Item Number (DPCI): 248-02-7524
Origin: Made in the USA or Imported
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Estimated ship dimensions: 0.53 inches length x 5.22 inches width x 8.06 inches height
Estimated ship weight: 0.42 pounds
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