Kobo Abe | Literature Criticism Critical Review by Scott M. Lewis

This literature criticism consists of approximately 2 pages of analysis & critique of Kobo Abe.
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Critical Review by Scott M. Lewis

SOURCE: Lewis, Scott M. “Beyond the Curve: Kobo Abe Short Stories.” Magill Book Reviews (1 October 1991): n. p.

In the following review of Beyond the Curve, Lewis addresses the theme of identity in Abe's short stories.

Beyond the Curve is the first collection of Abe's stories to appear in English. These twelve stories, written between 1949 and 1966, concern the fragile identity of protagonists who are confused strangers lost in the postwar landscape. Almost all of the stories are narrated in the first person, drawing the reader into the neurotic thoughts of protagonists trapped in claustrophobic situations. In “The Irrelevant Death,” a man returns to his apartment after work to find a murdered stranger lying on the floor. He decides that he cannot report the murder to the police because they will not...

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