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Title:Kangaroo Notebook
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Publisher:Random House Value Publishing
ISBN:0517198223
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Category:Japanese literature, Literature, Surreal, Fantasy, Novels, Fiction

Kangaroo Notebook by Kōbō Abe

PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC Kangaroo Notebook In the last novel written before his death in one of Japan s most distinguished novelists proffered a surreal vision of Japanese society that manages to be simultaneously fearful and jarringly funny The narrator of b Kangaroo Notebook b wakes on morning to discover that his legs are growing radish sprouts an ailment that repulses his doctor but provides the patient with the unusual ability to snack on himself In short order Kobo Abe s unraveling protagonist finds himself hurtling in a hospital bed to the very shores of hell Abe has assembled a cast of oddities into a coherent novel one imbued with unexpected meaning Translated from the Japanese by Maryellen Toman Mori .

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s t A Novel of the Future br This is yet another of Mr Abe s ominous configurations Woman in the Dunes etc this time staking out its uncertain ideological imperatives in a grave new world submerged under water In the beginning however Professor Katsumi who has a computer capable of making predictions has no idea of the work undertaken in a still more dehumanized laboratory But a double murder an analysis of one of the bodies amp some anonymous phone calls this is all quite exciting alert him to a traffic in human fetuses corroborated by his wife s enforced curettage Witnessing the works in progress growing rooms for human submarine colonies which will make human survival possible he is also threatened with his own extinction betrayed by his own machine amp he s made to consider various ethical conjectures amp priorities should one deny one s self should the present be expendable in the interest of the future While not everybody s book Abe s conceptual startler has a chilly precision which makes the unthinkable only too threateningly possible Kirkus, In the last novel written before his death in one of Japan s most distinguished novelists proffered a surreal vision of Japanese society that manages to be simultaneously fearful and jarringly funny The narrator of b Kangaroo Notebook b wakes on morning to discover that his legs are growing radish sprouts an ailment that repulses his doctor but provides the patient with the unusual ability to snack on himself In short order Kobo Abe s unraveling protagonist finds himself hurtling in a hospital bed to the very shores of hell Abe has assembled a cast of oddities into a coherent novel one imbued with unexpected meaning Translated from the Japanese by Maryellen Toman Mori, Like an elegantly chilling postscript to b The Metamorphosis b i i this classic of postwar Japanese literature describes a bizarre physical transformation that exposes the duplicities of an entire world The narrator is a scientist hideously deformed in a laboratory accident a man who has lost his face and with it his connection to other people Even his wife is now repulsed by him br br His only entry back into the world is to create a mask so perfect as to be undetectable But soon he finds that such a mask is more than a disguise it is an alternate self a self that is capable of anything A remorseless meditation on nature identity and the social contract i i b The Face of Another b is an intellectual horror story of the highest order, Of all the great Japanese novelists Kobe Abe was indubitably the most versatile With b The Ruined Map b he crafted a mesmerizing literary crime novel that combines the narrative suspense of Chandler with the psychological depth of Dostoevsky br br Mr Nemuro a respected salesman disappeared over half a year ago but only now does his alluring yet alcoholic wife hire a private eye The nameless detective has but two clues a photo and a matchbook With these he embarks upon an ever more puzzling pursuit that leads him into the depths of Tokyo s dangerous underworld where he begins to lose the boundaries of his own identity Surreal fast paced and hauntingly dreamlike Abe s masterly novel delves into the unknowable mysteries of the human mind br Translated from the Japanese by E Dale Saunders