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Abe, Kōbō 1924-1993

Works: 926 works in 2,505 publications in 12 languages and 23,317 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Drama  Psychological fiction  Short stories  Film adaptations  Experimental films  Fantasy films  Melodramas (Motion pictures)  History  Mood films 
Roles: Author, Author of screenplay, Bibliographic antecedent, Scenarist, Adapter, Other, Composer, Creator, Writer of accompanying material, Editor, Honoree
Classifications: PL845.B4, 895.635
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Kōbō Abe
The woman in the dunes by Kōbō Abe( Book )

153 editions published between 1900 and 2018 in 13 languages and held by 2,209 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 )

84 editions published between 1973 and 2017 in 4 languages and held by 1,219 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 )

89 editions published between 1964 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 1,111 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 )

63 editions published between 1966 and 2013 in 6 languages and held by 1,095 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 )

52 editions published between 1959 and 2005 in 5 languages and held by 1,008 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In near-future Japan threatened by the melting of the polar icecaps, Professor Katsumi develops a computer that can predict human behavior. Unfortunately for the Professor, the computer predicts that he will oppose a new government genetics experiment
The ark Sakura by Kōbō Abe( Book )

27 editions published between 1984 and 2009 in English and Japanese and held by 799 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
Secret rendezvous by Kōbō Abe( Book )

24 editions published between 1979 and 2002 in English and Undetermined and held by 754 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
Friends; [play] by Kōbō Abe( Book )

17 editions published between 1969 and 2007 in English and Undetermined and held by 622 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A Late chrysanthemum : twenty-one stories from the Japanese by Lane Dunlop( Book )

2 editions published in 1986 in English and held by 615 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of modern stories by some of Japan's best 20th century writers
The Mother of dreams and other short stories : portrayals of women in modern Japanese fiction by Makoto Ueda( Book )

1 edition published in 1986 in English and held by 592 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Kangaroo notebook : a novel by Kōbō Abe( Book )

19 editions published between 1991 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 566 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
Beasts head for home : a novel by Kōbō Abe( Book )

10 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 502 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Set in Manchuria in the aftermath of the Asian Pacific War. The central character is Kuki Kyūzō, whose settler parents relocated from Japan to the Manchurian puppet-state as the Japanese empire expanded. Kyūzō's father, a factory technician, dies shortly after he is born. In the course of Japan's defeat and the Soviet Union's occupation of Manchuria, Kyūzō's mother is seriously wounded, forcing him to remain behind with her rather than evacuate with the other Japanese citizens. Her subsequent death leaves Kyūzō alone in the abandoned Japanese settlement, and he is employed as a houseboy by Alexandrov, an officer in the Soviet army. Approximately two years after the end of hostilities, Kyūzō decides to return to Japan. Providing money, a train ticket, and official travel documents, Alexandrov bids Kyūzō farewell. On the train Kyūzō meets Kō, who appears to be a fellow Japanese, much to Kyūzō's relief. The train is attacked, but Kyūzō and Kō manage to escape, fleeing by foot across the harsh Manchurian plains. Kyūzō gradually comes to realize that Kō is in possession of stolen heroin and is being pursued by the Chinese Communists, who are battling the Nationalist forces for control of the mainland. Finally arriving at a city, Kyūzō is betrayed by Kō, who beats him and steals his identity papers and travel documents. Utterly destitute, Kyūzō makes his way to a Japanese repatriation center. The difficulty is that Kyūzō lacks any documents to prove that he is Japanese. Exposure to the elements has left him deeply sunburned, which further casts doubt on his Japanese identity. He wanders the city and meets another Japanese named Okura, who takes an unusual interest in Kyūzō's relationship with Kō"--
The man who turned into a stick : three related plays by Kōbō Abe( Book )

13 editions published between 1975 and 1978 in English and held by 322 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

2 editions published in 2007 in Japanese and held by 294 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( Visual )

3 editions published in 2007 in Japanese and held by 187 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When a miner leaves his employer and treks out with his young son to become a migrant worker, he finds himself moving from one eerie landscape to another, intermittently followed (and photographed) by an enigmatic man in a clean, white suit, and eventually coming face-to-face with his inescapable destiny
Tanin no kao = The face of another( Visual )

1 edition published in 2007 in Japanese and held by 183 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
Suna no onna = Woman in the dunes by Hiroshi Teshigahara( Visual )

26 editions published between 1964 and 2007 in Japanese and English and held by 156 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This strange and poetic drama of a man and woman trapped at the bottom of a sand dune makes a statement about the enslavement of the spirit
Suna no onna( Visual )

1 edition published in 2016 in Japanese and held by 150 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An amateur entomologist is left in Tokyo to study an unclassified species of beetle found in sandy locations. When he misses his bus back to civilization, he is persuaded to spend the night with a young widow in her hut at the bottom of a sand dune. What results is one of cinema's most unnerving and palpably erotic battles of the sexes, as well as a nightmarish depiction of the Sisyphean struggle of everyday life
Kabe atsuki heya( Visual )

1 edition published in 2013 in Japanese and held by 129 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 )

33 editions published between 1964 and 2007 in German and Undetermined and held by 116 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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WorldCat IdentitiesRelated Identities
The woman in the dunes
The box manThe face of anotherThe ruined mapThe ark SakuraSecret rendezvousThe Mother of dreams and other short stories : portrayals of women in modern Japanese fictionKangaroo notebook : a novel
Alternative Names
Abe, Gobo

Abe, Gobo 1924-1993

Abe, kimifusa

Abé, Kimifusa, 1924-1993

Abe, Kimihisa, 1924-1993

Abe, Kimihusa 1924-1993

Abe, Kimitusa, 1924-1993

Abe, Kimufisa, 1924-1993

Abė Kobas

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

Kōbō, Abe

Kōbō, Abe 1924-1993

Kōbō Abe Escriptor japonès

Kōbō Abe Japanese writer, playwright, photographer and inventor

Kōbō Abe Japans schrijver

Kōbō Abe japoński pisarz

Kóbó Abe japonský spisovatel, dramatik, esejista a filmový i rozhlasový scenárista

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 Абе японський письменник

Кобо Абэ 1924-1993

Кобо Абэ выдающийся японский писатель, драматург и сценарист

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קובו אבה

كوبو آبي

‏كوبو آبي، 1924-1993

كوبو آبي كاتب ومؤلف ياباني

كوبو ابە

کوبو آبه نویسنده، نمایش‌نامه‌نویس و عکاس ژاپنی

کۆبۆ ئابێ

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아베, 고보

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