Three Plays: Involuntary Homicide / The Green Stockings / The Ghost is Here
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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 4th 1997 by Columbia University Press (first published 1993)
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May 31, 2008 Matt rated it 3 of 5 stars
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
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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
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