Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Three Plays: Involuntary Homicide / The Green Stockings / The Ghost is Here” as Want to Read:
Three Plays: Involuntary Homicide / The Green Stockings / The Ghost is Here
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Three Plays: Involuntary Homicide / The Green Stockings / The Ghost is Here

3.88  ·  Rating Details  ·  74 Ratings  ·  3 Reviews
Kobo Abe (1924-1993) was one of Japan's most prominent contemporary writers. Born in Japan but raised in Manchuria, he is perhaps best known for his 1962 novel, The Woman in the Dunes, though he was also a prominent screenwriter, producer and director. Like the works of Beckett and Ionesco, Abe's plays address universal and contemporary concerns, often with an eye for the ...more
Paperback, 233 pages
Published March 1st 1997 by Columbia University Press (first published 1993)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Three Plays, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Three Plays

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 229)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Jul 28, 2015 Joshua added it
"The Green Stockings" was exactly what I had hoped to find by picking up some of Kobo Abe's dramatic work. It is as good as some of his best novels. Very much in line with The Box Man and Secret Rendezvous. "The Ghost is Here" was also quite a delight, plenty of Kobo Abe's typically sheepish protagonists running around and trying to swindle people with various Ghost-related scams. "Involuntary Homicide" was borderline skippable, but its inclusion makes this collection of plays much more represen ...more
May 31, 2008 Matt rated it liked it
Recommends it for: anyone interested in Japanese theatre
The best part of this collection of Kobo Abe's plays is the insistence on the part of the translator that these are not definitive texts in either his or Abe's thinking, but merely placeholders for a producing company to use as a starter. I can't think of a better miniature for theatre as an art form. A friend of mine adapted "The Green Stockings" from this collection, which was fun to revisit as I read the original. I also found an addition to my Director's Wish List from this collection. Worth ...more
Jeremiah Carlson
Nov 10, 2015 Jeremiah Carlson rated it really liked it
More detailed review to come soon.

Involuntary Homicide: 3.5/5
The Green Stockings: 5/5
The Ghost is Here: 3.5/5
BookDB marked it as to-read
Aug 25, 2016
Alexandra marked it as to-read
Aug 16, 2016
Nicole Woods
Nicole Woods is currently reading it
Aug 16, 2016
Emily Graybill
Emily Graybill rated it really liked it
Jun 30, 2016
Laia marked it as to-read
Jun 18, 2016
Apxayyelos rated it really liked it
Jun 01, 2016
Darl Andrew
Darl Andrew marked it as to-read
May 25, 2016
Olivia marked it as to-read
May 22, 2016
a young lad
a young lad marked it as to-read
May 15, 2016
Brett B
Brett B marked it as to-read
May 09, 2016
Flora marked it as to-read
Feb 21, 2016
Kelvin marked it as to-read
Feb 08, 2016
Jeremy Marsh
Jeremy Marsh marked it as to-read
Mar 15, 2016
Andrew Patterson
Andrew Patterson is currently reading it
Jan 09, 2016
Elina marked it as to-read
Jan 07, 2016
Ryan Iseppi
Ryan Iseppi marked it as to-read
Dec 30, 2015
julia marked it as to-read
Dec 28, 2015
Eric rated it liked it
Jan 10, 2016
Wood Dickinson
Wood Dickinson rated it it was amazing
Dec 22, 2015
DeAndria Harper
DeAndria Harper marked it as to-read
Dec 20, 2015
AJ marked it as to-read
Dec 16, 2015
Liza Timokhova
Liza Timokhova marked it as to-read
Dec 16, 2015
Justin marked it as to-read
Dec 15, 2015
Dmitry rated it really liked it
Aug 16, 2015
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • My Friend Hitler and Other Plays of Yukio Mishima
  • Hojoki: Visions of a Torn World
  • Hiroshima Notes
  • Seascape
  • Japanese Nō Dramas
  • Crackling Mountain and Other Stories
  • Passion Play (TCG Edition)
  • Marisol and Other Plays
  • The Reed Cutter & Captain Shigemoto's Mother
  • Grass on the Wayside =: Michikusa
  • The Quare Fellow
  • Toddler-Hunting & Other Stories
  • The Motherfucker With the Hat
  • Talley's Folly
  • The River Ki
  • The Cape and Other Stories from the Japanese Ghetto
  • Danton's Death, Leonce and Lena, Woyzeck
  • The Paper Door and Other Stories
Kōbō Abe, pseudonym of Kimifusa Abe, was a Japanese writer, playwright, photographer and inventor.

He was the son of a doctor and studied medicine at Tokyo University. He never practised however, giving it up to join a literary group that aimed to apply surrealist techniques to Marxist ideology.

Abe has been often compared to Franz Kafka and Alberto Moravia for his surreal, often nightmarish explor
More about Kōbō Abe...

Share This Book

“Suicide is an escape from life. What is life? An escape from death. This means that each of us must die twice. There is the death waiting us ahead, and the death that comes pursuing us from behind. Your trouble is that you're confused, Once you are free at least from the death that comes pursuing you, you can relax and enjoy life as you go along.” 5 likes
More quotes…