Haruki Murakami might be the one with a novel called Kafka on the Shore, but with ‘The Woman in the Dunes,’ Abe beat him to everything but. Dazzlingly original, Kobo Abe’s The Woman in the Dunes is one of the premier Japanese novels in the twentieth century, and this Penguin. The Woman in the Dunes, by celebrated writer and thinker Kobo Abe, combines the essence of myth, suspense and the existential novel. After missing.

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Things with form were empty when placed beside sand. Jul 03, Edward Lorn rated it it was ok. Thus, inverse self-realization is not a change for the worse or a form of revenge on the kaisha ; in fact, it is intended womn the improvement of the kaisha.

In particular, it was important that the woman became pregnant Abe Some of which here are actually amazing — the metaphysics of sand moreso then the rather garbled sexual politics sequence, which I read over twice but am still confused by, for reasons that might actually have to do with some odd translation decisions.

It is suitable not only for the shadow but also for all unconscious entities including the anima and the great mother. In short, the sand is the hole’s Creator as well as its Grim Reaper. Similarly, even if a salaryman is attracted by hhe at another company, he has to abandon this desire because the kaisha regards it as serious treacherous behaviour.

Oh, by the way, the page count on this version is wrong. It is my hope that the process of the kaisha ‘s reform awakens the sense of independence in senior salarymen. In the novel the woman’s personal hopes, plans and dreams are completely disregarded by the villagers, who pay no attention to her personality at all and only value her contribution to the village.

Abe ranks among a handful of authors to win both the Yomiuri and the Akutagawa prizes—lucrative honors currently one million yen goes to the winners of each and with great prestige in Japan. Being unwilling to stay there, he struggles to escape. Certainly our protagonist, Jumpei, never quite relates to the widow as a fellow human being, but he seems woan be completely disconnected from people in general.


The Woman in the Dunes by Kōbō Abe

The Woman in the Dunesby celebrated writer and thinker Kobo Abe, combines the essence of myth, suspense and the existential novel. Abe shares Niki’s point of view; nevertheless, he avoids writing this novel in the first person Tanigawa The sand goes on to prove to have corrosive qualities, as well—it dissolves wood, and, left long enough, rots flesh.

Mar 20, Praj rated it really liked it Shelves: Sometimes including loadstone, tinstone, and more rarely gold dust. Where did he dig this idea up? I have added gradation between the unconscious and the conscious to his illustration of the psyche. When Jumpei arrives, he’s kidnapped and thrown into one of them as a mate for a widow.

Thus, the establishment of independence without the loss of cooperativeness can be considered as a practical idea. There, he is tricked by a lonely widow and her neighboring villagers, trapped in deep pits shored by sand drift walls, to be charged with the task of shoveling back the ever-sliding banks, persistent and never-ending in its threat to entomb them.

In the novel, the woman actually plays a role in guiding Niki from the conscious world to the unconscious world. So technically, this is my first.

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Instead he focused on writing, but his interest in science continued to find an outlet in his insect collecting. When I mentioned to some friends what I was reading, those who were familiar with the book vacillated between displays of excitement and wide-eyed alarm.

The Jungian concept of the great mother constitutes two aspects: Who is the man? Before being made aware of his confinement, he regards himself as a ‘guest’.

Late to the Party: Kōbō Abe’s ‘The Woman In the Dunes’

Finally, he no longer attempts to escape because he enters a de facto marriage with the woman, who bears him a child. His view about the world changes as a result of this water trap Tsuruta One continues reading, on and on. There are these horrifying insects called antlions that dig holes and bury themselves at the bottom of them, just their jaws sticking out of the sand, and wait for ants to fall in so they can trap and devour them.


After the failure of his second escape attempt, he proposes various ‘rational ideas’ to a villager—for example, the development of a new sightseeing resort, the cultivation of crops that are suited to the sand and the construction of breastworks against the sand.

This story may appear to be portraying a surreal world; [2] however, in my opinion, such a world really exists. The main character, Niki Jumpei, is an amateur entomologist who travels to a remote area of Japan in search for rare insects.

The fifth attempt is to try to negotiate with the villagers to allow him to climb up the cliff and momentarily look out over the sea. Read within a week of seeing the film, I’m surprised by how closely they parallel eachother.

View all 8 comments. Such an ego has the capability of listening and talking to the unconscious. The village’s only resourcefulness has now become enslavement. There’s also a heaping helping of rape-excusing in this book; the idea that every man is a rapist in waiting because he cannot control where his cock travels once it’s engorged with blood and women should just deal with it and enjoy it because it’s going to happen anyway.

He talks about spiritual rape and I have no idea what that means. His protagonist analyzes the properties of the sand, constructs hypothesizes, builds apparatuses, designs experiments. However, in contemporary society, Japanese people can easily travel abroad and exchange e-mails with foreigners.

As explained earlier, the psyche consists of the conscious ego and the unconscious see Figure 1. The disorientation while you read is half the fun.