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In time, Jumpei is forced to work and comply, at least superficially, with the demands put on him—yet he continues to plot methods of breaking out of his buried prison cell. I cringe whenever a character falls asleep and the story moves into slumber time. Yes, an element of horror was palpable, but you could also read these works as political commentaries, existential fables, or some new surreal style of writing that we have learned to call Kafkaesque.

Even so, Franz Kafka stands out as the seminal figure in exploring the broader possibilities of this approach, creating in works such as The Castle and The Trial a tone and ambiance that was less easy to pin down.

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.

My Year of Horrible Reading Week 1: The next day, the umjer ladder is missing, and the teacher realizes that the villagers have no intention of letting him leave.

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A teacher Niki Jumpei decides to spend his vacation pursuing his hobby of collecting insects. Dracula By Bram Stoker Week 2: Ghost Stories of an Antiquary By M.

Yet no single interpretation does justice to this rich work. This web site and its sister sites may receive promotional copies of review items and other materials arrena publisher, publicists and other parties. Carrie By Stephen King Week 5: Check back each week for a new title The surface of the sand stood higher than the rooftops. Yet even well-read fans of literary fiction in the West will hardly recognize his name, let alone know his works. I am reading the classics of horror fiction during the course ofand each week will write about a significant work in the genre.

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Even after the final page, we are left feeling that, much like the hero of bae story, even jujer we cannot rise to the challenge, we can hardly walk away.

Yet rather than mujjer the Kafkaesque qualities of the story, this attention to logic and detail reinforces the claustrophobia and loneliness of the novel.

The narrative now lacks motivation, drive and worst of all consequences. Even so, the story relentlessly forces the reader to apply judgments and principles. 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.

Kobo Abe’s Dark FableThe Woman in the Dunes

Here is the ugly flip side of Cartesian rationality: On the other hand, I am fascinated by a certain school of modern fiction in which the whole story possesses a dreamlike quality.

He has aspirations of discovering a new type of beetle, and thus achieving a small dose of distinction. To purchase, area on image.

Any account of the history of dreamlike fiction needs to acknowledge the importance of Edgar Allan PoeH. Ted Gioia writes on music, literature and popular culture. His protagonist analyzes the properties of the sand, constructs hypothesizes, builds apparatuses, designs experiments. Rebecca By Daphne Du Maurier.

The Woman in the Dunes is not that kind of book. On his trip, the teacher travels first by train, then bus, and finally walks the final stretch to the beach. He is expected to help the widow in the endless task of removing the sand that accumulates endlessly in holes where the locals live. The successive rows of houses sank deeper and deeper into the depressions.

In The Women in the DunesAbe repeatedly adopts a clinical perspective more commonly found in a laboratory than a modern novel. He eventually received d degree in medicine from Tokyo Imperial University, but reportedly did so poorly df his studies that he was allowed to graduate only if he promised never to take a job as a doctor. 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.

In a path atypical for a writer, Abe showed an early interest in mathematics, and later pursued studies in medicine. By Clarice Lispector Xrena 6: 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. Contact Ted Gioia at tedgioia hotmail. Ahe no other options, he accepts their offer, and climbs down a rope ladder to the bottom of a deep pit, where he meets the widow, who proves to be a friendly if reticent hostess, and is invited to stay in her fragile, poorly furnished home.


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Lovecraft and other literary masters of the nascent horror genre. Other qrena oriented works settle for smaller effects, teaching us to laugh at the absurdity of the circumstances, but undermining the intensity of the story by the surreal tone. At length, all the houses seemed to be sunk into hollows scooped in the sand.

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One can construct other approaches to this novel. Anything might happen, but there will be no soothing return to reality, no awakening to dispel the demons.

The whole setting is pervaded with a sick surrealism, yet Abe imposes on this nightmare an unflagging rationalism, even a scientific attitude. You are invited to join me in my annus horribilis.

The ce, for her part, welcomes his company and assistance, and shows no interest in helping him escape or in leaving herself. On his way, he passes a bizarre series of makeshift houses, each sinking deeper and deeper into the sand the closer he approaches the shore. I think, therefore I am cut asunder.

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.

The local villagers offer to put him up in one of houses in the sand holes for the night, where an obliging widow will look after him.

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