Abe, Kobo

Abe, Kobo kō´bō ä´bā [key], pseud. of Kimifusa Abe, 1924–93, Japanese novelist and dramatist. Although Abe trained as a doctor, he never practiced medicine. Often compared to Kafka , he treated the contemporary human predicament in a realistic yet symbolic style. His minute descriptions of surrealistic situations often lend his works a nightmarish quality. Among Abe's novels are Woman in the Dunes (1962 tr. and film 1964), his best-known work, and Secret Rendezvous (tr. 1979). His plays include Friends (1967 tr. 1969). The first of his short stories to appear in English were collected in Beyond the Curve (1944–66 tr. 1991).

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