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Beyond the Curve (And Other Stories)

3.74  ·  Rating Details  ·  302 Ratings  ·  29 Reviews
Abe's best short works to date are presented here in this well-crafted collection of fiction which explores many of modern man's dilemmas in an insightful, yet highly surrealistic style. Called by The New York Times, "The bestJapanese novelist (since) Mishima and Kawabata...", Abe is one of the mosthighly regarded writers in Japan today.
Hardcover, 248 pages
Published April 1st 1991 by Tokyo: Kodansha International (first published 1991)
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Parastoo Ashtian
خطاب به مردان و زنانی که هنوز عنصری به نام وجدان در وجودشان بیدار است. این فرجام یکی از همسایگان شماست. این سرانجام دوست شماست؛ مردی که قربانی جنایت عجیبی شده..
در یک نیمه شب خانوادهای کاملا غریبه وارد اتاق من شدند و مرا از تمامی حقوقم، حتی کنترل بر زندگیام که حق مسلم من بود محروم کردند. آزادیام را بطور کامل از دست دادم و به قحطی زدگی دچار شدم.
این تمام ماجرا نیست؛ آنها مرا مجبور کردند که کار کنم و مخارج زندگی آنها را تأمین کنم! برای به کرسی نشاندن حرفهای خود نیز رایگیری میکنند و از قانونی به نام
Jim Fonseca
Oct 15, 2015 Jim Fonseca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: japanese-authors
Great short stories from Japan; kind of a cross between Stephen King and Kafka. The author is perhaps best known for his “Woman in the Dunes.” Like many modern Japanese stories, these feature mental anguish and alienation. Many of the characters are men living alone, friendless and disconnected from society, confronting inner demons and suffering the terrors of their minds. Some stories involve magical realism.

In the title story, a man can’t bring himself to walk past a curve in the road to get
Mar 07, 2015 Kamran rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
فقط داستان تجاوز قانونی اندکی قابل تامل بود.کتاب را به اجبار وجدان تا انتها خواندم.از سال سوم دانشگاه کتاب را با توجه به نایاب بودن آن تهیه کرده بودم،اما در برنامه مطالعاتی ام در اولویت نبود. تا روزی که در خواب رویایی اشفته دیدم و در خواب این عبارت در ذهنم بارها و بارها تکرار شد: "تجاوز قانونی" .همان روز شروع به خواندن کتاب کردم.با این وجود با هیچ کدام از داستان ها ارتباطی هرچند سطحی نیز برقرار نکردم
Miss Ravi
دو داستان اول این مجموعه خیلی عالی بودند و این عالی بودن به دلیل مفهومی بود که زیر ظاهر سادهی داستان پنهان شده بود. داستان سگ و داستان تجاوز قانونی هرکدوم حرفهای زیادی برای گفتن داشتند. یکی درباره روابط بین آدمها و دیگری دربارهی روابط و قوانین اجتماعی. نویسنده در داستان تجاوز قانونی دموکراسی رو به سخره گرفته و به شکل طنز به این موضوع پرداخته طوری که متوجه بشی چیزهایی که در ذات خودشون مفید به نظر میان میتونن نابودکننده هم باشند.

اما داستانهای بعدی در نظر من صرفاً داستانهایی سرگرمکننده بودند که با
Kobo Abe has one the most macabre senses of humor in the world, mixed with his fevered imagination. This, his only short story collection (translated at least), show off these two attributes. A wide range of tales spread out over his career which could be classified as fables, science fiction, horror, or magic realism. In Abe’s world, people find dead bodies in their apartments, people are turned into plants, dead souls killed by a patrol of soldiers is forced to follow the patrol, a Martian in ...more
Mar 05, 2016 A.M. rated it it was amazing
An excellent collection of mind-bending, psychologically haunting stories that are classic Abe.
Oct 18, 2013 Joshua rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a collection of humorously bizarre stories in true Kobo Abe form. The title story offers an interesting perspective of the skeletal framework of The Ruined Map, a novel which Abe authored one year after writing "Beyond the Curve." Those who found this story to be the highlight of the collection should check out the novel as well.
Ad Blankestijn
Kobo Abe (1924-93) is best known for "The Woman in the Dunes" and the film based on it by Teshigahara. To me, this superb novel is indeed the crown on his work, but also in other novels, stories and plays Abe has engaged in surreal and nightmarish explorations of individuals in contemporary society. Since the 1970s, three collections of English translations of Abe's short stories have seen the light of day, the last one "Beyond the Curve" (1991) by Juliet Winters Carpenter. Like Abe's novels, th ...more
Sohrab Karimi
بهترین داستان مجموعه و قوی ترین همون داستان تجاوز قانونی بودش، در کل مجموعه داستان نسبتا خوبی بود با داستانهایی خاص در نوع خودشون که ذهنو درگیر می کنن
Vincent Odhiambo
Mar 17, 2013 Vincent Odhiambo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A collection of wonderful short stories. The Intruders, the best of the lot I feel.
یک مجموعه داستان متوسط!
Alberto D.
Apr 13, 2011 Alberto D. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book is composed of 12 stories. All the stories were written between 1949 and 1956. Kobo's literary style is more absurd than Kafka's. My viewpoint is that some of the stories never reach a point where I could affirm that they are good. Other stories are exceptionally well written. The first story is excellent, and it's about a man who coming back home from work finds a dead man at the entrance of his apartment. It's excellent. A few stories have an artificial ending, like "Beguiled" and pro ...more
Charlie Zoops
Beyond the Curve is a short story about a man's sudden encounter as he is rising by foot up a hill which he has traveled quite often. At a certain moment he realizes that he can not remember what is beyond the curve of the hill, and is left overwhelmed by the mystery to where he is heading. As this realization comes to frighten him, he is utterly resistant to move up the hill any further. Later he finds that in addition to not knowing what is beyond the hill, he also does not know what he is doi ...more
شش داستان کوتاه از کوبو آبه ی عزیز که البته یکی شون در واقع خلاصه ای از یه رمان بود. با اون فضای خاصش که البته به خاصی فضای زن در ریگ روان نبود. متاسفانه مترجم اطلاعات تاریخی ش راجع به دوران قبل از جنگ جهانی دوم و روابط چین و ژاپن چندان خوب نبود. لحن محاوره ای ترجمه هم زیاد که نه ولی تا حدی توی ذوق می زد. داستان تجاوز قانونی و مرگ نامربوط از بقیه بهتر بودند.
Jul 21, 2014 Eli rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: never-finished
مسخره ی مسخره ی مسخره. مسخره. مسخره. مسخره تنها لغتیه که برای توصیفش دارم. نمی تونم تمومش کنم. غیر قابل تحمل نیست ولی با فکر زمانی که صرف خوندنش قراره بکنم و قراره تلف بشه، اذیت می شم. اصن یه مشت داستان کوتاه که فقط در حد ایده های "ئه چه جالب" باقی مونده بودن. ترجمه ی شرم آور. ضعیف آقا خلاصه.
Aug 19, 2014 Fatemeh rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
داستان هایی شبیه کابوس
Aug 06, 2011 Patricia rated it it was ok
A book containing 12 short stores. My favorites of the 12 were Record of a Transformation and Intruders. Each story was an attempt to explain the unusual, the bizarre, the what-ifs of life. I was unhappy with the rushed ending of every story. Several stories had promise, but the endings ruined any eagerness to find out what happened or to claim any satisfaction from them.
As a whole I saw this collection of stories to be a warped, wanna-be version of The Twilight Zone.
Brian H.
Mar 24, 2008 Brian H. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
i've read a handful of abe's books. he's a master a spinning the casually fantastic, on par with borges and his works evoke a sort of ominous quality that i've encountered in very few other authors. however, i've never had an especially enjoyable experience reading his books. this collection of short stories changed that, proving that abe's fiction is best taken in quick and powerful doses. recommended for fan's of garcia marquez's short stories.
Jul 11, 2011 フィル rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: japanese
Abe Kobo, surrealist writer and literary descendant of Franz Kafka, demonstrates mastery of his craft in this collection of bizarre and intriguing short fiction. Though his tales are often jarring to the reader(and take more than a little time to work through) the result is another fascinating exploration of the modern psyche and the dangers of losing the self in a post-industrial world.
Feb 10, 2013 Elise rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
As with so many other short story collections, the quality is uneven here. Some stories are polished and beautifully written, like "The Life of a Poet," and some just dragged and needed editing, like "Beyond the Curve," the title story. But overall, I enjoyed Abe's surreal, darkly humorous, and satirical stories, especially "The Intruders."
Some of these stories were amazing: An Irrelevant Death, the Intruders and the title piece. The rest were kind of humdrum.

I found this book at a thrift store. It's good, but I would've prefered to have found a copy of Woman in the Dunes. Abe's masterpiece.
Tori Weinstock
Mar 13, 2008 Tori Weinstock rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A friend gave me a copy of this book. It took a while for me to pick up, but once I did....WOW! Surreal, dream-like story telling.
Sep 20, 2013 Juliana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved every single story. I know he gets compared to Kafka a lot, but Kōbō Abe's stories are much more amusing, I think.
Amy Silver
I read this while working night shifts and it didn't stick in my memory very well.
Jun 30, 2011 Bahman rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
توهم محض، اونم نه به شکل خوبی، نمیدونم همه ژاپنیا اینجورین یا فقط این کتاب!
Feb 06, 2014 Shadi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Shadi by: Mohammad Reza Etminan Rad
Shelves: gifts
توو جریان هرکدوم از داستان هاش نقطه ای برای میخکوب شدن وجود داشت
Kevin Ingraham
Jan 06, 2015 Kevin Ingraham rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book of short stories. The Japanese Kafka, although more surreal
Elham 8
Oct 30, 2015 Elham 8 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
مفهوم خیلی بلندی داره... خیلی عمیقه. پیچیده اصلا.
Aug 13, 2008 Michael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not as satisfying as Abe's novels where you can fully immerse yourself into his surrealistic landscapes. But full of good ideas well executed.
Jerry Carlsson
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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
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