The Man Who Turned into a Stick: Three Related Plays
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"The Man Who Turned Into A Stick"(棒になった男 - Bō ni natta otoko) is a one-act play written by Kōbō Abe. It is the third of three plays written over twelve years (1957-1969) meant to symbolize the different stages of life, usually shown together. The first, representing birth, is "The Suitcase". The second, "The Cliff of Time," represents life itself, or "The Process," and the...more
Hardcover, 84 pages
Published December 8th 1975 by Columbia University Press (first published 1971)
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Just the title play. Have read it several times -- not a workshop play! Obdurately mysterious without being opaque.
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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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