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The Face of Another by Kōbō Abe
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Feb 11, 2008

really liked it
Read in February, 2008

Jacket copy says: "Like an elegantly chilling postscript to 'The Metamorphosis.'" Way off the mark, though. Similar, instead, to Ballard-- inhabiting a particular (often abstruse) state. This--an examination of the face--could as easily be classified as philosophy, cultural studies. The "plot," such as it is, is secondary, perhaps even tertiary, and is often only evident as a way to highlight different facets of the problem of the face, of what the face represents. Rarely crystallizes into any particular form, as the "face" in question has only public aspects (hence, is, in some sense, made up solely of generic qualities). One is left searching for something to hold on to and not finding it-- a handful of bandages and the invisible man beyond.

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