Haruki Murakami might be the one with a novel called Kafka on the Shore, but with ‘The Woman in the Dunes,’ Abe beat him to everything but. Dazzlingly original, Kobo Abe’s The Woman in the Dunes is one of the premier Japanese novels in the twentieth century, and this Penguin. The Woman in the Dunes, by celebrated writer and thinker Kobo Abe, combines the essence of myth, suspense and the existential novel. After missing.

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One of his colleagues, who was an amateur psychoanalyst, held to this view. Niki finally gets an opportunity to escape; however, he does not do so because he has become so engrossed in recording the actions of the water trap. His request was refused, and he was ultimately expelled from the party in – the year when The Woman in the Dunes was published – and It’s not difficult to see Abe’s novel as a potential analogy for the communist regimes that he has seen firsthand.

Kobo Abe’s Dark FableThe Woman in the Dunes

The villagers are afraid of the government office’s investigation because the official possesses the ability of disclosing the true nature of the hole. It is no longer related to the kaisha to any extent. It entirely determines the lifestyle of the town in which the man is trapped, as well as determining the necessity of trapping men like him to the survival of the townspeople. Ego drain is so drastic that it is capable of giving the kaisha a sort of ‘shock therapy’.


His only companion is an odd young woman. You can read previous entries here.

Dale Saunders, New York: Makeshift measures are often inadequate to achieve the full recovery of a corrupt kaisha. New Harbinger Publications, inc. A trial of resignation is a method of judging whether a salaryman dunss really capable.

The kaisha requires the manipulated ego for this purpose and makes the capable salaryman play this role. The dunes are the inanimate; the eternal; what confines us; the unendurable itself. Of course he is! Yet no single interpretation does justice to this rich work. After missing the last bus home following a day trip to the seashore, an amateur entomologist is offered lodging for the night at the bottom of a vast sand pit. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

Strangely, he nevertheless ‘voluntarily’ helps the woman to shovel sand Abe The novel mentions that the villagers and the woman imprison Niki in the hole.

Late to the Party: Kōbō Abe’s ‘The Woman In the Dunes’

Is the message an important one? Thus, inverse self-realization is not a change for the worse or a form of revenge on the kaisha ; in fact, it is intended for the improvement of the kaisha.

In this context, maternity implies the womab mother. Who would miss you, take out newspaper ads for you, hang missing-person flyers on poles for you, call the cops for you? Abe populated his novels with loners, doctors, loner-doctors, maudlin scientists and shifty vagrants who tend to be delineated more by what they think or the ideas they symbolise than by a fleshing out of personal histories. It is interesting to note that the hole has an ambivalent cunes towards the sand.


His iin is to shovel sand away each day to protect the nearby village. On hearing this, it seems that Niki laughs at his own future Abe It was the kind of quasi-homoerotic, pseudo-intellectual buddy activity which has since become the staple of our relationship. On one hand, she is a kind girl. Like Lynch, Abe sees the ore of horror buried within the quotidian, just waiting to be mined. They are intersperse with some vague meditations on life, death, sex, etc.

However, he gradually acknowledges the fact duhes he has to survive in the kaisha and, eventually, he also becomes a senior salaryman and teaches the importance of wonan to other recruits. Therefore, the hole has to tie him to itself and the woman, i. Well, if my reader-comprehension skills have not failed me, I believe this book is about, quite simply, the daily grind and how pointless everything is if you are part of the labor pool.

Ego drain does not necessarily imply being re-employed in a foreign company. Similar to him, the salaryman will suffer terribly at the new kaisha and eventually abandon his struggle, being too old to fight against the new kaisha.