"The woman in the Dunes" by Kōbō Abe




I will talk about "The woman in the Dunes" written by Kōbō Abe(1924−1993) a little just for reference.

Do you know Kōbō Abe ?

He is a novelist, writer, playwright, theater director, and photographer in Japan. He has been often compared to Franz Kafka.

His works have been translated and published in over 30 countries around the world. Especially, was popular in Europe, Russia, the United States. And he became a candidate for the Nobel Prize in Literature many times.

Though his works are little difficult, "The woman in the Dunes" is easy to read. And this story is very eccentric and very unique.

...about story...
In Summer vacation.
It goes out to the village in a far dunes so that one teacher may collect the new kind of insect. Then, he is left in the valley in the dune by villager's strategy.

In the valley in the dunes, there was a woman who lived alone. Although he tries to escape many times, fails because the sand break. After all, he lives for many years in the valley in the dune, as a missing person. And, an unexpected end ......

"The woman in the Dunes" was made ​​into a movie by Hiroshi Teshigahara, Kōbō Abe also took part in the screenplay. This movie won the Special Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival.

  "The woman in the Dune" −English wiki
  Kōbō Abe −English wiki

I recommend the novel and the movie because both are very excellent.

−episode
This "Woman in the Dunes" is in 10th place of the favorite movie best ten of the unusual talent Andrei Tarkovskii in Russia. And then, Kenzaburo Ooe(Japanese novelist) that was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1994 is his friend.



full movie ( When you click the CC, enters subtitles )


 安部公房〜「砂の女」
 (This is my Japanese file about "The woman in the Dune")







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