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Abe, Kōbō 1924-1993

Works: 748 works in 2,176 publications in 11 languages and 18,550 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Drama  Psychological fiction  Film adaptations  Experimental films  Fantasy films  Melodramas (Motion pictures)  Mood films  Essays  Allegories 
Roles: Author, Author of screenplay, Bibliographic antecedent, Scenarist, Adapter, Other, Composer, Writer of accompanying material, Honoree
Classifications: PL845.B4, 895.635
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The woman in the dunes by Kōbō Abe( Book )

182 editions published between 1900 and 2016 in 11 languages and held by 2,246 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this famous postwar Japanese novel, the first of Abe's to be translated into English, Niki Jumpei, an amateur entomologist in pursuit of a rare specimen of beetle, wanders into a strange seaside village, whose residents all live in sandpits. He is taken prisoner, and, along with a widow cast out by the community, he is forced to move into her sandpit and continually shovel away the sand that threatens to take over the village. In Niki's struggles to escape his prison and his developing relationship with the woman, he gradually comes to understand the existential nature of life
The box man by Kōbō Abe( Book )

55 editions published between 1973 and 2011 in English and Japanese and held by 1,089 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The author combines wildly imaginative fantasies and naturalistic prose to create narratives reminiscent of the work of Kafka and Beckett. In this eerie and evocative masterpiece, the nameless protagonist gives up his identity and the trappings of a normal life to live in a large cardboard box he wears over his head. Wandering the streets of Tokyo and scribbling madly on the interior walls of his box, he describes the world outside as he sees or perhaps imagines it, a tenuous reality that seems to include a mysterious rifleman determined to shoot him, a seductive young nurse, and a doctor who wants to become a box man himself. The Box Man is a marvel of sheer originality and a bizarrely fascinating fable about the very nature of identity." -- Publisher's description
The face of another by Kōbō Abe( Book )

82 editions published between 1964 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 1,058 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this intellectual horror story, a scientist hideously deformed in a laboratory accident--a man who has lost his face and, with it, his connection to other people. Even his wife is now repulsed by him. His only entry back into the world is to create a mask so perfect as to be undetectable. But soon he finds that such a mask is more than a disguise--it is an alternate self, a self that is capable of anything
The ruined map by Kōbō Abe( Book )

52 editions published between 1967 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 1,035 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mr. Nemuro, a respected salesman, disappeared over half a year ago, but only now does his alluring yet alcoholic wife hire a private eye. The nameless detective has but two clues: a photo and a matchbook. With these he embarks upon an ever more puzzling pursuit that leads him into the depths of Tokyo's dangerous underworld, where he begins to lose the boundaries of his own identity
Inter Ice age 4 by Kōbō Abe( Book )

34 editions published between 1970 and 1981 in English and Undetermined and held by 943 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Secret rendezvous by Kōbō Abe( Book )

35 editions published between 1977 and 2002 in 3 languages and held by 805 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

As a jump-shoe salesman searches for his wife in a sinister underground hospital, his fascination with the hospital's strange inhabitants, including a girl whose bones are gradually liquefying, causes him to barely notice his wife's unspeakable circumstances
The ark Sakura by Kōbō Abe( Book )

15 editions published between 1988 and 2009 in English and held by 692 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mole has converted a huge underground quarry into an "ark" capable of surviving the coming nuclear holocaust and is now in search of his crew. He falls victim, however, to the wiles of a con-man-cum-insect-dealer. In the surreal drama that ensues, the ark is invaded by a gang of youths and a sinister group of elderly people called the Broom Brigade, lead by Mole's odious father, while Mole becomes trapped in the ark's central piece of equipment, a giant toilet powerful enough to flush almost anything, including chopped-up humans, out to sea--Publisher's description
Friends; [play] by Kōbō Abe( Book )

18 editions published between 1969 and 2007 in English and Undetermined and held by 632 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Kangaroo notebook : a novel by Kōbō Abe( Book )

17 editions published between 1991 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 565 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

One man's hell at the hands of the health establishment in Japan. It begins when he discovers radishes sprouting from his shins. Admitted to hospital, he finds himself in the grip of bizarre forces: a self-propelled hospital bed, doctors intent on curing the wrong ailments, infant ghosts and mysterious windstorms
Suna no onna = Woman in the dunes by Hiroshi Teshigahara( Visual )

58 editions published between 1964 and 2016 in 4 languages and held by 323 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"When teacher Junpei Niki misses his last bus home after a day out collecting insects on a remote stretch of coast, he is invited by a local villager to take shelter in a young widow's ramshackle hut. Ignoring the fact that her home is at the bottom of a sandpit accessible only by rope ladder, he accepts this hospitality without realising he is the victim of a cruel trick. Trapped, he is forced into an uneasy life with this woman, sharing with her the Sisphean task of shovelling the sand that threatens to engulf them"--Container
The man who turned into a stick : three related plays by Kōbō Abe( Book )

10 editions published between 1975 and 1978 in English and held by 313 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Transl. from the Japanese original Bō ni natta otoko
Three films by Hiroshi Teshigahara( Visual )

1 edition published in 2007 in Japanese and held by 295 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Woman in the dunes: An amateur entomologist leaves Tokyo to study an unclassified species of beetle that resides in a remote, vast desert. When he misses his bus back to civilization, he is persuaded to spend the night in the home of a young widow who lives in a hut at the bottom of a sand dune
Otoshiana = Pitfall by Hiroshi Teshigahara( Visual )

17 editions published between 1962 and 2007 in Japanese and Undetermined and held by 219 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Teshigahara's debut feature is part social-realist critique, part unsettling ghost fable. A wandering miner, looking for work with his young son, is pursued by a mysterious, silent assassin in a white suit and hat. As mistrust and killings spread through the barely populated, rundown mining community, ghosts of the dead appear, unheard by the living, yet imploring them for answers. Who is the man in white and why does he sow confusion?
Tanin no kao = The face of another by Hiroshi Teshigahara( Visual )

15 editions published between 1966 and 2007 in 3 languages and held by 207 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Okuyama, after being burned and disfigured in an industrial accident and estranged from his family and friends, agrees to his psychiatrist's radical experiment: a face transplant, created from the mold of a stranger. As Okuyama is thus further alienated from the world around him, he finds himself giving in to his darker temptations
Kabe atsuki heya( Visual )

1 edition published in 2013 in Japanese and held by 125 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Among the first Japanese films to deal directly with the scars of World War II, this drama about a group of rank-and file Japanese soldiers jailed for crimes against humanity was adapted by Abe Kōbō from the diaries of real prisoners
Die Frau in den Dünen : Roman by Kōbō Abe( Book )

30 editions published between 1964 and 2007 in German and Undetermined and held by 111 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ran shao de di tu by Kōbō Abe( Book )

14 editions published between 1970 and 1994 in Chinese and held by 79 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Masaki Kobayashi : against the system( Visual )

1 edition published in 2013 in Japanese and held by 72 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The inheritance. On his deathbed, a wealthy businessman announces that his fortune is to be split equally among his three illegitimate children, whose whereabouts are unknown. A bevy of lawyers and associates begin machinations to procure the money for themselves, resorting to the use of impostors and blackmail. Yet all are outwitted by the cunning of the man's secretary, in this entertaining condemnation of unchecked greed
An bu gong fang by Kōbō Abe( Book )

17 editions published between 1966 and 2016 in Japanese and Chinese and held by 67 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Abe Kōbō zensakuhin by Kōbō Abe( Book )

5 editions published in 1972 in Japanese and English and held by 60 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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The woman in the dunes
Alternative Names
Abé, Kimifusa

Abé, Kimifusa 1924-1993

Abe, Kimihisa 1924-1993

Abe, Kimihusa 1924-1993

Abe, Kimufisa, 1924-1993

Ābe, Kobo

Abě, Kobo 1924-1993

Abe Kōbō écrivain japonais

Abe Kóbó Japán író

Abe Kōbō japanischer Schriftsteller

Abe, Koubou, 1924-1993.

Ābī, Kūbū, 1924-1993

An-pu, Kung-fang 1924-1993

Anbu, Gongfang 1924-1993

Kimifusa, Abé

Kōbō, Abe.

Kōbō, Abe 1924-1993

Kōbō Abe Escriptor japonès

Kōbō Abe Japanese writer, playwright, photographer and inventor

Kobo Abe Japans schrijver

Kōbō Abe japoński pisarz

Kōbō Abe scrittore, drammaturgo e inventore giapponese

Kūbū Ābī

Або, Кобо

Абэ, Кобо

Абэ, Кобо 1924-1993

Кимифуса 1924-1993

Кобо Абĕ

Кобо Абе

Кобо Абэ 1924-1993

Кобо Абэ выдающийся японский писатель, драматург и сценарист

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كوبو آبي

‏كوبو آبي، 1924-1993

كوبو ابە

کوبو آبه

کۆبۆ ئابێ

आबे, कोबो


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아베, 고보

아베 고보 1924-1993

아베 기미후사 1924-1993

아베 코보 1924-1993

아베 코오보 1924-1993

아베 키미후사 1924-1993

안부공방 1924-1993

アベ, キミフサ

アベ, コウボウ

アベ, コウボウ, 1924-1993

阿部公房 1924-1993

安部, 公房

安部, 公房 (1924-....).

安部 公房 1924-1993

安部公房 (1924-)

安部公房 1924-1993

The box manThe face of anotherThe ruined mapSecret rendezvousThe ark SakuraKangaroo notebook : a novelThree plays