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Author Information: Kobo Abe

 
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1924-1993

Kobo Abe was born in Tokyo in 1924. He received a medical degree in 1948, but he has never practiced medicine. In that same year he published his first book, The Road Sign at the End of the Road. In 1951 he was awarded the most important Japanese literary prize, the Akutagawa, for his novel The Crime of Mr. S. Karuma. In 1960 his novel The Women in the Dunes won the Yomiuri Proze for literature. His novels include The Face of Another, The Ruined Map, Inter Ice Age 4, and The Box Man.

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