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La Mujer de La Arena

I am reading the classics of horror fiction during the course ofand each week will write about a significant work in the genre. In The Women in the DunesAbe repeatedly adopts a clinical perspective more commonly found in a laboratory than a modern novel.

Instead he focused on writing, but his interest in science continued to find abd outlet in his insect collecting. I think, therefore Muejr am cut asunder.

Abe ranks among a handful of authors to win both the Yomiuri and the Akutagawa prizes—lucrative honors currently one million yen goes to the winners of each and with great prestige in Japan.

Check out our sister sites: My Year of Horrible Reading Week 1: During the course of the year — if we survive — we will have tackled zombies, serial killers, ghosts, demons, vampires, and monsters of all denominations.

He is expected to help the widow in the endless task of removing the sand that accumulates endlessly in holes where the locals live.

Abe, in contrast, crosses over into dreamtime, bringing together the most sbe and implausible elements into a story as shifting and unstable as the dunes it describes, yet presented with a rigor and attention to symbolic valence that never collapses into sheer fantasy or mindless horror.


Yet rather than undermining the Kafkaesque qualities of the story, this attention to logic and detail reinforces the claustrophobia and loneliness of the novel.

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The Passion According to G. Yet even well-read fans of literary fiction in the West will hardly recognize his name, let alone know his works.

The woman, for her part, welcomes his company and assistance, and shows no interest in helping him escape or in leaving herself. The narrative now lacks motivation, drive and worst of all consequences. The Woman mujdr the Dunes is not that kind of book. I cringe whenever a character falls asleep and the story moves into slumber time. The next day, the rope ladder is arema, and the teacher realizes that the villagers have no intention of letting him leave. Yet no single interpretation does justice to this rich work.

Lovecraft and other literary masters of the kogo horror genre.

The whole setting is pervaded with a sick surrealism, yet Abe imposes on this nightmare an unflagging rationalism, even a scientific attitude. A teacher Niki Jumpei decides to spend his vacation pursuing his hobby of collecting insects. One can construct other approaches to this novel. Anything might happen, but there arenaa be no soothing return to reality, no awakening to dispel the demons. Check back each week for a new mjer Dracula By Bram Stoker Week 2: Yes, an element of horror was palpable, but you could also read these works as political commentaries, existential fables, or some new surreal style of writing that we have learned to call Kafkaesque.

Even so, Franz Kafka stands out as the seminal figure in exploring the broader possibilities of this approach, creating in works such as The Castle and The Agena a tone and ambiance that was less easy to pin down.

As it turns out, Niki Jumpei will find himself captured and kept, a human specimen trapped in the same environment in which he had hoped to be the collector.


Kobo Abe’s Dark FableThe Woman in the Dunes

He decided to focus on sandy terrains, and thus heads off for a different kind of beach vacation, with the catching net, jars and chemicals necessary for his quest. In time, Jumpei is forced to work and comply, at least superficially, with the demands put on him—yet he continues to plot methods of breaking out of his buried prison cell.

Strangely enough, John Fowles was writing a similar novel, The Collectorat virtually the same time as Abe—in both works an entomologist gets caught up in the illegal detention of people. Life imitates art, huh? Even after the final page, we are left feeling that, much like the hero of this story, even if we cannot rise to the challenge, we can hardly walk away.

By Clarice Lispector Week 6: The author takes us to some hitherto unknown border- land, between the sober reality of the fully alert mind and the hallucinatory regions of our subconscious psyche.

On the other hand, I am fascinated by a certain school of modern fiction in which the whole story possesses a dreamlike quality. The surface of the sand stood higher than the rooftops. With no other options, he accepts their offer, and climbs down a rope ladder to the bottom of a deep pit, where he meets the widow, who proves to be a friendly if reticent hostess, and is invited to stay in her fragile, poorly furnished home.

He eventually received a degree in medicine from Tokyo Imperial University, but reportedly did so poorly in his studies that he was allowed to graduate only if he promised never to take a job as a doctor.