Kobo Abe | Literature Criticism Critical Review by Mark Woodhouse

This literature criticism consists of approximately 1 page of analysis & critique of Kobo Abe.
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Critical Review by Mark Woodhouse

SOURCE: Woodhouse, Mark. Review of Beyond the Curve, by Kobo Abe. Library Journal 116 (1 April 1991): 148.

In the following essay, Woodhouse offers a favorable assessment of Beyond the Curve.

This collection of stories [Beyond the Curve] is a significant offering from the well-established author best known for The Woman in the Dunes (1964). The usual comparisons to Kafka are unavoidable. In one story, a man finds himself turning into a plant, and the themes of alienation and disorientation in the face of urban life and oppressive political and social systems are pervasive and relentless. More subtle systems of thought are sometimes hinted at rather than explicated, however, and the disorientation so skillfully induced in the reader is sometimes left unresolved. This might not be to everyone's taste, but for those interested in Abe's work or in the future of serious Japanese fiction...

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