Kobo Abé

Kobo Abé was a Japanese writer known for his surreal and often Kafkaesque works. He is best known for his novel 'The Woman in the Dunes'.


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  1. 1. The Box Man

    "The Box Man" is a surreal narrative about a man who chooses to live as a homeless individual, inside a box, in Tokyo. The protagonist, a former doctor, narrates his experiences and observations from within the box, and the narrative often blurs the line between reality and hallucination. The book is a philosophical exploration of identity, anonymity, and the nature of existence, challenging the reader's perception of what it means to be an individual in society.

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