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Dazzlingly original, Kobo Abe's "The Woman in the Dunes" is one of the premier Japanese novels in the twentieth century, and this "Penguin Classics" edition contains a new introduction by David Mitchell, author of "Cloud Atlas". Niki Jumpei, an amateur entomologist, searches the scorching desert for beetles. As night falls he is forced to seek shelter in an eerie village, half-buried by huge sand dunes. He awakes to the terrifying realization that the villagers have imprisoned him with a young woman at the bottom of a vast sand pit. Tricked into slavery and threatened with starvation if he does not work, Jumpei's only chance is to shovel the ever-encroaching sand - or face an agonising death. Among the greatest Japanese novels of the twentieth century, "The Woman in the Dunes" combines the essence of myth, suspense, and the existential novel. Kobo Abe (1924-93) was born in Tokyo, grew up in Manchuria, and returned to Japan in his early twenties. During his life Abe was considered his country's foremost living novelist. His novels have earned many literary awards and prizes, and have all been bestsellers in Japan.

They include "The Woman in the Dunes", "The Ark Sakura", "The Face of Another", "The Box Man", and "The Ruined Map". If you liked "The Woman in the Dunes", you might enjoy Albert Camus' "The Plague", also available in "Penguin Classics". "A haunting Kafkaesque nightmare". ("Time").

Fiction & Poetry >> Fiction in translationFiction & Poetry >> Modern & contemporary fiction post c 1945 Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd Publication Date: 28/09/2006 ISBN-13: 9780141188522  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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David Mitchell writes - A self-absorbed entymologist finds himself imprisoned in a deep hollow in a sand-dune by lawless villagers in a remote stretch of Japan. He is given a wife as a consolation. I daren't begin to consider the feminist ramifications, but it's a compelling and haunting narrative. If bonkers.

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Sand mercilessly rules over a desert village. An unsuspecting entomologist looking for species in the sand is forced to stay with ‘The Woman in the Dunes’, but he will be leaving tomorrow following the storm. Trapped into an existence that involves the relentless shovelling of the sand out from the woman’s home, Niki Jumpei becomes enslaved by the people of the village and lives in the hope he will one day be released. - Stephen

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