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The Woman in the Dunes -
1964 - Alfred A. Knopf, New York - First Edition in English
Are you shoveling to survive, or surviving to shovel?
Japan’s Kafka. Abé’s most celebrated novel. A brilliant, claustrophobic, mysteriously existential tale, remarkable for its hypnotic descriptions of the sand that dominates the book.
Published in 1962, to spontaneous acclaim, translated into 20 languages and adapted for a Cannes festival award-winning film directed by Hiroshi Teshigahara and scored by Toru, Abé wrote the screenplay.
Translated from the Japanese by E. Dale Saunders. With drawings by Machi Abé.
The Man Who Turned Into a Stick. Three Related Plays – SIGNED -
K b Abe
1975 - University of Tokyo Press, Tokyo - First Edition in English
Inscribed by Kōbō Abe in Japanese and signed in English. Translated by Donald Keene.
This work contains three plays written between 1957 and 1969, usually presented together and symbolising the different stages of life. The first, representing birth, is The Suitcase. The second, The Cliff of Time, represents life itself, or The Process and the third, The Man who Turned into a Stick, is death.
The Man Who Turned Into A Stick (棒になった男 – Bō ni natta otoko), is considered a primary example of magic realism in Japanese literature.