Kobo Abe | Literature Criticism Critical Review by The Economist

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Critical Review by The Economist

SOURCE: “Sand and Tendrils.” The Economist 320, no. 7718 (3 August 1991): 82.

In the following essay, the reviewer provides a positive assessment of Beyond the Curve.

“This is the story of how Common became a dendrocacalia.” So runs the opening line of a short story in which Kobo Abe, perhaps Japan's most renowned novelist, turns a man who is tired of city life into a plant. It can now be read in English in a collection of Mr Abe's short stories, Beyond the Curve, published by Kodansha International. The collection shows Mr Abe at his best, full of wry humour and images of self-defeat, and obsessed with the idea that alienation is the natural condition of contemporary man.

“Dendrocacalia” was written in 1949, when Mr Abe was 25. In these early stories and...

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