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Woman in the Dunes, the (1962) [Novel]
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Summary (From the publisher):

In a remote seaside village, Niki Jumpei, a teacher and amateur entomologist, is held captive with a young woman at the bottom of a vast sand pit where, Sisyphus-like, they are pressed into shoveling off the ever-advancing sand dunes that threaten the village.

Original title: 砂の女 (Suna no Onna) [The Woman in the Sand]
Original languages: Japanese


Genre: FictionGeneral FictionLiterary Fiction/classics


Edition #1: Woman in the Dunes, the

Woman in the Dunes, the (1964)
Edition Details:

Language: English

Edition: Alfred A. Knoph
Translated by: E. Dale Saunders
  • "Abe follows with meticulous precision his hero's constantly shifting physical, emotional and psychological states. He also presents...everyday existence in a sand pit with such compelling realism that these passages serve both to heighten the credibility of the bizarre plot and subtly increase the interior tensions of the novel." The New York Times Book Review
  • "Some of Kobo Abe's readers will recall Kafka's manipulation of a nightmarish tyranny of the unknown, others Beckett's selection of sites like the sand a symbol of the undignified human predicament." Saturday Review
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The Woman in the Dunes (1972)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: New York
Publisher: Vintage Books
ISBN: 0394718143
Pages: 239

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