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Kobo Abe, or Abe Kobo, [ pseudonym of Kimifusa Abe (Abe Kimifusa)
] March 7, 1924 - January 22, 1993) was a Japanese writer.
He was born in Tokyo, grew up in Manchuria and graduated in 1948
with a medical degree from Tokyo Imperial University on the condition
that he wouldn't practice. He published his first novel in 1948
and worked as an avant-garde novelist and playwright, but it wasn't
until he published The Woman in the Dunes in 1960 that he won
widespread international acclaim.
In the 1960s, he collaborated with Japanese director Hiroshi
Teshigahara in adapting to film The Pitfall, Woman in the Dunes,
The Face of Another and The Ruined Map.
Abe's surreal and often nightmarish explorations of the individual
in contemporary society earned him comparisons to Kafka and his
influence extended well beyond Japan, particularly with the success
of Woman in the Dunes at the Cannes Film Festival.
List of books available in English
Woman in the Dunes
Inter Ice Age 4
The Face of Another
The Ruined Map
The Man Who Turned Into a Stick
The Box Man
The Ark Sakura
Beyond the Curve (short stories)
Three Plays by Kobo Abe
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