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Box Man
By Kobo Abe

The Box Man

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Box Man by Kobo Abe

Book Description

Kobo Abe, the internationally acclaimed author of Woman in the Dunes , 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. Translated from the Japanese by E. Dale Saunders.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780375726514
ISBN-10: 0375726519
Format: Paperback
(202mm x 131mm x 14mm)
Pages: 186
Imprint: Vintage Books
Publisher: Random House USA Inc
Publish Date: 10-Jul-2001
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Kobo Abe

Kobo Abe, the internationally claimed author of Woman in the Dunes, combines wildly imaginative fantasies and naturalistic prose to create narratives reminiscent of the work of Kafka and Bennett.

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