Kobo Abe | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Rolf J. Goebel

This literature criticism consists of approximately 17 pages of analysis & critique of Kobo Abe.
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Critical Essay by Rolf J. Goebel

SOURCE: Goebel, Rolf J. “Kōbō Abe: Japan's Kafka.” Newsletter of the Kafka Society of America, no. 1 (June 1983): 30-40.

In the following essay, Goebel determines the influence of Franz Kafka on Abe's fiction.

Kafka's influence upon Western authors has enjoyed thorough, if by no means exhaustive, critical investigation. His reception in East Asian countries, however, has so far been unduly neglected. Yet, if we wish to understand the complexities of Kafka's world-wide impact on modern literature, we have to examine also those Oriental writers who, in one way or another, perceive of Kafka as a literary precursor. Among these authors is Kōbō Abe, one of the leading figures of contemporary Japanese literature.

The significance of Kafka for the literary scene in...

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