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Kobo Abe’s Dark FableThe Woman in the Dunes

Here is the ugly flip side of Cartesian rationality: Even after the final page, we are left feeling that, much like the hero of this story, even if we cannot rise to the challenge, we can hardly walk away. Ted Gioia writes on music, literature and popular culture.

The local villagers offer to put him up in one of houses in the sand holes for the night, where an qbe widow will look after him. Yet no single interpretation does justice to this rich work. Instead he focused on writing, but his interest in science continued to find an outlet in his insect collecting.

A teacher Niki Jumpei decides to spend his vacation pursuing his hobby of collecting insects. Check out our sister sites: Yet even well-read fans of literary fiction in the West will hardly recognize his name, let alone know his works. On his trip, the teacher travels first by train, then bus, and finally walks the final stretch to the beach. Rebecca By Daphne Du Maurier. The Woman in the Dunes is not that kind of book.

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Abe, in contrast, crosses over into dreamtime, bringing together the most incongruous and implausible elements into a story as shifting and unstable as the dunes it describes, yet presented with a rigor and attention to symbolic valence that never collapses into sheer fantasy or mindless horror. During the course of the year — if we survive — we will have tackled zombies, serial killers, ghosts, demons, vampires, and monsters of all denominations.


By Clarice Lispector Week 6: You are invited to join me in my annus horribilis. His protagonist analyzes the properties of the sand, constructs hypothesizes, builds apparatuses, designs experiments. He eventually received a degree in medicine from Tokyo Imperial University, but reportedly did so poorly in his studies that he was allowed to graduate only if he promised never to take a job as a doctor.

My Year of Horrible Reading Week 1: The author takes us to some hitherto unknown border- land, between the sober reality of the fully alert mind and the hallucinatory regions of our subconscious psyche.

The woman, for her part, welcomes his company and assistance, and shows no interest in helping him escape or in leaving herself.

This web site and its sister sites may receive promotional copies of review items and other materials from publisher, publicists and other parties. Abe ranks among a handful of authors to win both the Yomiuri and the Akutagawa prizes—lucrative honors currently one million yen goes to the winners of each and with great prestige in Japan.

As it turns out, Niki Jumpei will find himself captured and kept, a human specimen trapped in the same environment in which he had hoped to be the collector. To purchase, click on image. The whole setting is pervaded with a sick surrealism, yet Abe imposes on this nightmare an unflagging rationalism, even a scientific attitude.

I think, therefore I am cut asunder.

The surface of the sand stood higher than the rooftops. Even so, the story relentlessly forces the reader to apply judgments and principles. Abe comes across as the anti-Aesop, the storyteller who insists that we learn from his fable, but in place of ‘the moral of the story’ leaves us with only a blank space.


Lovecraft and other literary masters of the nascent horror genre.

Even so, Franz Kafka stands out as the seminal figure in exploring the broader possibilities of this approach, creating in works such kbo The Castle and The Trial a tone and ambiance that was less easy to pin down. The next day, the rope ladder is missing, and the teacher realizes that the villagers have no intention of letting him leave.

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The Passion According to G. Yet rather than undermining the Kafkaesque qualities of the story, this attention to logic and detail reinforces the claustrophobia and loneliness of the novel. He is expected to help the widow in the endless task of removing the sand that accumulates endlessly in holes where the locals live.

On the other hand, I am fascinated by a certain school of modern fiction in which the whole story possesses a dreamlike quality. One can construct other approaches to this novel. He has aspirations of discovering a new type of beetle, and thus achieving a small dose of distinction. In a path atypical for a writer, Abe showed an early interest in mathematics, and later pursued studies in medicine.

Carrie By Stephen King Week 5: He decided to focus on sandy terrains, and thus heads off for a different kind of beach vacation, with the catching net, jars and chemicals necessary for his quest. The narrative now lacks motivation, drive and worst of all consequences.