The Box Man (Paperback)
|Author: Kobo Abe|
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|A nameless man who chooses to exist in a small cardboard box records life in the box and his observations of the world from its small window as he wanders the streets of Tokyo. By the author of Woman in the Dunes. Reprint. 12,500 first printing. *Author: Abe, Kobo *Publication Date: 2001/07/01 *Binding Type: Paperbound *Language: English *Depth: 0.75 *Width: 5.50 *Height: 8.25|
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A nameless man who chooses to exist in a small cardboard box records life in the box and his observations of the world from its small window as he wanders the streets of Tokyo. By the author of
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.
Translated from the Japanese by E. Dale Saunders.
Kobo Abe ("Ah-bay") was the best-selling Japanese novelist in the world, despite the difficulty of his work. He grew up in Manchuria, in the ancient city of Mukden, which in 1931 came under Japanese control from China. He was born Kimifusa Abe but changed his first name to Kobo (the Chinese version) when he was 20, to protest the Japanese treatment of the Chinese. The author's early sense of rootlessness can be seen in some of the themes that appear in his works: alienation, loss of identity, and ambivalence toward Japanese nationalism. He was a passionate collector of insects in his youth--another element in some of his fiction. Abe married Yamada Machi--an artist and stage designer--in 1947. Together they had one daughter. The following year, Abe received his medical degree from Tokyo Imperial University, but never practiced medicine, deciding instead to become a writer. He won numerous literary and dramatic awards in Japan, including the Akutagawa Prize in 1951 for THE LAUGHING MOON and the Yomiuri Prize for literature in 1962 for THE WOMAN IN THE DUNES, the film version of which was honored at the Cannes Film Festival the following year. Abe, who managed to be enormously successful in his native land and internationally, was a reclusive man who didn't use the telephone or make public appearances. He died from a sudden heart attack in 1993.
"A finely drawn masterpiece." - Donald Keene