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The Woman in the Dunes

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  18,526 ratings  ·  1,415 reviews
This beautiful novel by one of Japan's most important writers is also one of the most strangely terrifying and memorable books you'll ever read. The Woman in the Dunes is the story of an amateur entomologist who wanders alone into a remote seaside village in pursuit of a rare beetle he wants to add to his collection. But the townspeople take him prisoner. They lower him in ...more
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Published December 11th 2011 by Vintage (first published 1962)
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Suna no onna = sand woman = The woman in the dunes, Kōbō Abe
The Woman in the Dunes (Suna no onna "sand woman") is a novel by the Japanese writer Kōbō Abe, published in 1962. It won the 1962 Yomiuri Prize for literature, and an English translation and a film adaptation appeared in 1964.
In 1955, Jumpei Niki, a school teacher from Tokyo, visits a fishing village to collect insects. After missing the last bus, he is led, by the villagers, in an act of apparent hospitality, to a house in the dunes th
Feb 16, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, 2013, japan
This book is horrifically claustrophobic and eerie.

How much of our lives consist of frantically trying to stay afloat? Life can be as fruitless as a man trapped under sand dunes digging to live...or living to dig. Do we work to live or live to work? If you think being held hostage in sand is fantastical, what do you think your life is, anyway?

This book wears you down. It gets into your skin, your hair, under your fingernails. The sand is everywhere. The wind, the salt air, their eyes always wat
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Αριστουργηματικό έργο που γίνεται ακόμη πιο συγκλονιστικό καθώς διαχέεται ολόκληρο απο ΑΡΩΜΑ ΚΑΦΚΑ & ΑΝΕΠΑΙΣΘΗΤΗ ΑΠΟΧΡΩΣΗ ΚΑΜΥ.

Σουρεαλιστικές καταστάσεις, ατομικοί ψυχαναγκασμοί, σκληρές ευαισθησίες και παγιδευμένες υπάρξεις μέσα στους προσωπικούς και κοινωνικούς εφιάλτες. Σισύφεια προσπάθεια λύτρωσης.

Το ατελέσφορο και επαναληπτικό βασανιστήριο του πρωταγωνιστή καθρεφτίζει ρεαλιστικά κομμάτια απο τη δική μας καθημερινότητα.
Κάτι που δεν αντιλαμβάνεται εύκολα ο αναγνώστης, την ταύτιση, σε υ
Dana Ilie
Sep 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book tell the story of an entomologist that, in his search for a specific beetle, ends up trapped by local villagers in a huge sand hole with a woman, where he is forced to work gathering sand. As time pass by, his emotions and sanity begin to get twisted. In his struggle to escape both human and nature obstacles, he tries different strategies, and we are caught cheering for his success, but kind of knowing that his chances are minimal, which is a good "distressing" experience.
This is truly
کوبو آبه
در سال ۱۹۴۳ «کیمیفوسا آبه» که قرار بود بعدها نام قلمی «کوبو آبه» را برای خودش انتخاب کند، به اجبار پدرش که پزشک بود، و نیز به خاطر آن که پزشکان از خدمت سربازی معاف بودند، وارد دانشگاه پزشکی شد. بدون آن که در نظر بگیرد پزشکی چقدر برای کسی چون او مناسب است که از کودکی عاشق خواندن کافکا، داستایوسکی و ادگار آلن پو بوده. یک سال بعد با سرخوردگی دانشگاه را رها کرد، اما بعد از مرگ پدرش دوباره به دانشگاه برگشت و خلاصه این قدر جسته گریخته به تحصیل ادامه داد تا بالاخره موفق به اخذ مدرک پزشکی شد، ام

When we mix surrealistic Kafkaesque climate with existential questions about sense of human being then we get something like The woman in the dunes.

Tale about a man obsessed or maybe possessed with sand who during the trip to the sea is trapped in the dunes in a cave inhabited by a lonely woman. Initially desperately tries to escape but the magnetic strength of the woman, her desperate fight with sand makes that what previously seemed to be a trap now becomes a sense of his life. The first wh
Steven Godin
Jan 24, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, japan
Had my arachnophobia been replaced by Ammophobia (fear of sand) there was a certain moment in Kōbō Abe's 1962 existential fable my hands would have turned extra clammy and my thumping heart would have likely jumped out of my chest to find safety. What an odd story this was. It reads something like a Japanese Kafka, infused with a bit of Nietzsche, and topped off with a light dusting of Beckett. Abe was generally known for work where plot and character are usually subservient to idea and symbol. ...more
Will Byrnes
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Dec 07, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
رواية مختلفة وفكرة مميزة كتبها كوبو آبي سنة 1962
الإنسان عندما يصبح مجرد جسد بدون رأي أو إرادة حرة
ولا يملك الاعتراض على إجباره على عمل لا يرضاه
جومبي صائد الحشرات في الكثبان الرملية يجد نفسه مع امرأة في حفرة عميقة وسط الرمال
لا يستطيع الخروج منها وعليه أن يقوم بعمل محدد بدون أي نفع مادي أو معنوي.
الكاتب استطاع أن يصف ببراعة التغيرات في نفسية وتصرفات رجل فاقد للحرية ومحاط بالرمال على جسده وفي طعامه وشرابه
بدءاً من الأسئلة والاستنكار ثم الاحساس بالقهر والغضب والخوف ومحاولة الهرب
النهاية محيرة تثير الت
Apr 09, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

Without the threat of punishment there is no joy in flight.

In Kobo Abe's fantasy world of The Woman in the Dunes, an amateur entomologist on vacation finds himself in a remote coastal village built amid deeply undulating dunes. There, he is tricked by a lonely widow and her neighboring villagers, trapped in deep pits shored by sand drift walls, to be charged with the task of shoveling back the ever-sliding banks, persistent and never-ending in its threat to entomb them.

Sand moves aroun
Jul 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
داستان مردی که توی کلبهای شنی گیر میافته و درصورتی که خونه رو شنروبی نکنه کشته میشه. درواقع مرد رو مجبور به موندن توی خونه کردن. حالا این مرد یا باید فرار کنه، یا باید به این سرنوشت تن بده
(برای از بین نرفتن کیف و حالِ خوندن کتاب، خیلی خیلی داستان و المانهاش رو خلاصه کردم)

مساله اینجاست که این شنروبی و این کارهای روزمره، استعارهای از اعمال روتین انسان در زندگیه. درواقع شبیهترین چیز به این کتاب، افسانه سیزیف هست. همون سیزیفی که هر روز باید سنگی رو به بالای کوه میغلطوند و سنگ باز به پایینِ کوه سر می
Apr 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bu yorum da diğer yorumlarım ve bundan sonra gireceklerim gibi ağır spoiler içerir.

Kumların Kadını’nı konuşmadan önce biraz geçmişte dolaşalım, toparlarsak bugüne geliriz. Böcekten ve Kobo Abe’nin benzetildiği yerden başlayalım; Kafka’da böcek imgesinin ilk ortaya çıktığı eser Taşrada Düğün Hazırlıkları’dır, “ yatakta yatarken sanırım kocaman bir böceğe, bir geyik böceğine ya da mayıs böceğine dönüşeceğim” Samsa’nın devcileyin bir böcek olarak uyanmasına henüz dört yıl var. Bu böcekleşmenin her
Apr 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: japanese-lit
“While he mused on the effect of the flowing sands, he was seized from time to time by hallucinations in which he himself began to move with the flow.”

This book is about a man who tricked and has to live in a house at the bottom of a sand pit with a woman. They can't escape the sand which settles on them even as they sleep. As much as they shovel it away, they can't get rid of it.

This is definitely a unique story. I now know more about sand than I probably need to. I never really thought much a
Jan 23, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Sand women, entomologists
Since I started reading both more avidly and more widely several years ago, I've spent more time analyzing different genres, different kinds of authors, and different kinds of literature. In Jane Smiley's 13 Ways of Looking at the Novel, she makes a number of observations about how classic French novels differ from classic British novels, and how American novelists differ from either. I'm not well read enough in French and British literature to judge the validity of her points, other than to not ...more
Mar 20, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: にほん
While reading this book my thoughts were constantly racing towards Camus’s ‘The Myth of Sisyphus” "From the moment absurdity is recognized, it becomes a passion, the most harrowing of all."

Premises of hope, alienation and irrationality reeking from every printed word induced me into inferring Kobo Abe being the Japanese Camus. The protagonist Junpei Niki illustrates traits of Sisyphean persona; pursuing meaningless task of digging buckets of sand from the pit only to see it fill up again.

May 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this, second year at Durham, so 86/87, was in rebellion against Geography books. Probably attracted by the naked woman torso on the cover, however, the writing is sensual and erotic. It's only years later do I discover that Japan is possibly one of the most prolific in terms of sexual, and sensual i.e. as in good - Nobel good, not trashy sexy.
It's something of a contradiction given the very formal and discreet nature of Japanese culture. Interesting to say the least.
Also a very strong tra
Pooya Kiani
حقیقتا کتاب خوبی بود.
اگر یک مقداری از دایرهی مرد-شن-زن-گریز خارج میشد و در عین حال چفت و بست داستان را هم رعایت میکرد، اثر تبدیل به یک شاهکار ادبی میشد. زنگ در ریگ روان داستان هست و رمان نه. منظور اصلی اینکه هنرمند یک مقداری مقهور شمایل هنرِ خودش شده بود و این طبعا درست نیست. از ترجمه بوی شتابزدگی و عدم وسواس بلند میشد.
طرح داستانیِ بسیار قدرتمند و بیبروبرگرد قابل دفاعی داشت و آنات پرتعداد داستان هرگز از خاطر مخاطب پاک نمیشود.
Vicky "phenkos" (semi-hiatus)
4.5 stars!

As others have noted, this is very much a Japanese Kafka; but also a Japanese Camus, more L'Etranger than Gregor Samsa. I was drawn into the story from the start, although it needs to be kept in mind that this is not your average plot-oriented page turner. A man disappears. Enquiries are made as to the circumstances of his disappearance. He doesn't seem to harbour a dirty secret, and he could be the type that disappears deliberately (although the items he took with him -tools for colle
Oct 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Cheryl by: David
Shelves: fiction
What happens if while on vacation, you disappear? Who would miss you, take out newspaper ads for you, hang missing-person flyers on poles for you, call the cops for you?

High in the night sky there was a continuous, discordant sound of wind blowing at a different velocity. And on the ground the wind was a knife continually shaving off thin layers of sand, as a village of sand lost all hope. The village's only resourcefulness has now become enslavement. Poor entomologist, a man who finds pleasure
peiman-mir5 rezakhani
با خواندنِ این داستان اولین چیزی که به ذهنم رسید زندگی کنونی ما ایرانیان بود... اون دهکده رو ایرانِ عزیزم دیدم... و انسان هایِ گرفتار در گودال های شنی رو دختران و پسران سرزمین پاک ایران زمین دیدم... ایرانیانی که هر روزشان مثلِ دیروز است... گرفتار در تکرار و تکرار... همه افسرده و پرخاشگر... با این تفاوت که یکی بیشتر پول دارد و دیگری کمتر... با این تفاوت که اون مرد شکم دَل به واسطۀ طمع به درونِ چاله رفت... ما به بهانۀ چه رفتیم؟ چه به روزِ سرزمینِ ما آوردن؟ آیا ما همان مردم همیشه شاد در زمانِ بهرام ...more
مجید اسطیری
در سالی که گذشت من سه رمان #اگزیستانسیالیستی خواندم. بدون هیچ برنامهریزی قبلی! و البته این احتمالا نشان میدهد که این فلسفه چطور در قرن گذشته بر ادبیات ملل مختلف از شرق تا غرب تاثیر گذاشتهبودهاست. سه رمان اینها بودند:
زن در ریگ روان
تنهایی پر هیاهو

از این بگذریم که ویکیپدیای انگلیسی این سه رمان را در صفحهء رمانهای اگزیستانسیالیستی از قلم انداخته، پایگاه معتبر #گودریدز صورتی از بهترین رمانهای اگزیستانسیالیستی جهان را ارائه کرده که برای شناخت آثار اگزیستانسیالیستی بدک نیست. این که میگویم بدک نیست
Hossein Sharifi
Apr 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
فوق العاده بود ! فقط همین رو میتونم بگم .. یک رمان کافکایی که با فلسفه ی کامو و اگزیستانسیالیسم سارتر مخلوط شده و در دل خودش آنیما و آنیموس یونگ رو هم جا داده بود .. یک رمان پست مدرن تمام عیار !
میخواستم نقدی برای این کتاب بنویسم اما چند نقد خوب در وب پیدا کردم که لینکشون رو اینجا میزارم.. در صورت علاقه مطالعه کنید

زن در ریگ روان کوبو آبه

نقد روان شناختی داستان «زن در ریگ روان»
Jan 04, 2008 added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: good friends that you kind of hate a little
Shelves: crappy-books
My first year at SFSU, me and my roommate decided to recommend books to each other, books we loved, in order to get to know each other better. It was the kind of quasi-homoerotic, pseudo-intellectual buddy activity which has since become the staple of our relationship.

The first book he recommended was "Woman in the Dunes". I struggled with it and felt intellectually inferior. He was my friend and I wanted to like it. I tried really hard. I fell asleep reading it at least three times. I remember
Jul 24, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Δεδομένου πως πρόκειται για ένα βιβλίο που κοσμεί τις περισσότερες λίστες Απαραίτητων, Αριστουργημάτων κ.ο.κ. ανέμενα μια ανάλογης έκτασης και βάθους αναγνωστική εμπειρία. Δεν είμαι βέβαιος όμως πως τη βρήκα.
Ας εξηγηθώ. Όλα τα στοιχεία που προανήγγειλαν την αναγνωστική… ηδονή ήταν παρόντα: Το έντονο καφκικό στοιχείο, η ιαπωνική ελλειπτικότητα, ο "καλπάζων" μοντερνισμός, ο συμβολισμός στα όρια της φαντασμαγορίας. Και όμως, τα επιμέρους στοιχεία δεν ήταν αρκετά -σ' εμένα τουλάχιστον- να δημιουργή
Feb 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
زن در ریگ روان اثر عمیقی است. یک دست است و این یک دست بودن در فرم و محتوا کار را بسیار قوی کرده. از جنبه های فنی و نوشتن که بگذریم، محتوای اگزیستانسیالیستی کار بدون افت، بدون اینکه به داستان بودن کار لطمه بزند راه خودش را می رود و برای خواننده "ساده نگر" داستان را فدای محتوا نمی کند.
کتاب سه بخش دارد. سه بخش که اگر بهتر نگاه کنیم متناظر تز، آنتی تز و سنتز هستند. تز امید و رهایی از بیهودگی، آنتی تز سیزیف و سنتز زندگی.
Neli Krasimirova
Okuduğum süre boyunca ağzım kumla doluydu, kulaklarımdan kumlar sızıyordu... Kumun kitapta metaforik kullanılımını idrak ettikçe kitap daha da klostrofobik bir hâl alıyordu. Distopya seven ruhumu kum erozyonlarıyla işgal eden kitap sistem eleştirisinden geri kalmayan, psikolojinin abecesini en ilkelinden yakalayan, var olmak sorunsalının derin çukurunda seyreden bir hikaye.
Fateme Beygi
Jun 12, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: رمان
درسته طرحش خیلی برام نو و جذاب بود اما اون بخش توضیحات بسط داده شده راجع به مسائل مختلف از حشره شناسی،شن،رابطه جنسی و غیره داشت که آدم رو کلافه می کرد...
کتاب یه براعت استهلال هم داره چون اولش می گه که 7سال گذشته و مرد پیدا نشده اما خب نمی شه منکر تصویرپردازی و فضاسازی خوبش شد. نویسنده شن رو از ظریق توصیفاتش وارد حس مخاطب می کنه. دیگه بعد از اون شن رو حس می کنی.
یکی از جالب ترین موقعیت هایی بوده که یه نویسنده می تونه خلق کنه و درش رنج و تنهایی آدما رو نشون بده. اون تلاش سیزیف واری که مرد برای فرار
Oct 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: japan, 2018
There are these horrifying insects called antlions that dig holes and bury themselves at the bottom of them, just their jaws sticking out of the sand, and wait for ants to fall in so they can trap and devour them. They're scary monsters and it's all a nightmare. Niki Jumpei is an amateur entomologist so he probably knows about antlions, but he gets caught anyway.


So Kōbō Abe (Kobo aBAY) has blown it up to human size for this brilliant, suffocating 1962 allegory, a classic in Japan. Jumpei stumble
Dhanaraj Rajan
May be three and half stars.

This is a strange Japanese novel. It is something surreal.

The Premise and the Story line: A man is taken a prisoner by a village which is near the sea front. He is lowered down a sand pit where lives a young widow. Here he is made to help out the woman in shoveling out the advance of sand. As the house (sandpit) is in the border of the town and one among many such sand pit homes, the duty of the house members is to block the advance of sand dunes. Or else the whole v
Nov 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Es ya un lugar común traer a Kafka a colación al comentar este tipo de novelas, pero quizás esta referencia compartida por tantos pueda orientar más y mejor que otros comentarios más elaborados.

Tres personajes sin nombre: el hombre, un Sísifo envuelto en una lucha absurda, interminable y abocada al fracaso; la arena, en su camino imparable hacia la destrucción; y una mujer, sumisa y entregada al que tenía que ser su compañero de fatigas en esa lucha a muerte con la arena y con la que el sexo es
Jan 16, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Japon Edebiyatı, Çağdaş roman, çağdaş klasikler, genel okur,
Shelves: sahibim-sahiptim
Sayfalardan dökülür kum; 1/8mm çapında; her şeyi kaplayan bir altın örtü. Her şeye metalik ve tuzlu bir tat veren, mayalanmış su kokusuyla ve terle ve kaşıntıyla akla kazınan kum. Bu kitabı böyle özetleyebilirim;

Ya da, kuma hapsoluşun hikayesi.

Japon Edebiyatı, ülkemiz okurlarının son zamanlara kadar ilgisini çekmeyen fakat bünyesinde son derece güçlü kalemleri barındıran bir edebiyat. Kobo Abe ise savaş sonrası Japon Edebiyatı'nın belki de Batıda en çok bilinen isimlerinden birisi. Sinemaya da
Jul 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sadece son zamanlarda değil şimdiye kadar okuduğum en iyi kitaplardan biriydi. Uzun zamandır özlemini çektiğim "Suç ve Ceza", "Satranç" ve hatta "Monte Kristo Kontu" seviyesinde bir kitaptı. Gerçekten okurken çok zevk aldım çok mutlu oldum.
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Jul 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: japan

کتاب خیلی مهم تر و پیچیده تر و فلسفی تر از چیزی بود که انتظار داشتم
و با این وجود ساده ترین حقیقتی رو که محض یادآوری محکم کوبوند تو صورتم این بود که آدما اگه بعد از تلاش برای فرار از بدبختی هاشون به نتیجه ای نرسیدند و دق مرگ هم نشدند بدون شک آروم و آهسته با بدبختی هاشون دوست میشن،بهش خو میگیرن و این قدر عادت میکنند که دیگه دلشون نمیخواد چیزی تغییر کنه

اگه تو شرایط روحی مناسبی نیستین از خوندن کتاب صرفنظر کنین
Jul 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pdf
لعنتی! لعنتی پنج ستاره ای...
فقط گند زدم با پی دی اف خوندنش!
حتما بخونید. فقط ترجیحا کاغذی.
Mar 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5-star-diamonds
If life were made up only of important things, it really would be a dangerous house of glass, scarcely to be handled carelessly. But everyday life was exactly like the headlines. And so everybody, knowing the meaninglessness of existence, sets the center of his compass at his own home.

My experience in japanese literature begins and ends with Haruki Murakami whose literature isn't so much japanese. Or so they say those who know one or two things about the matter. So technically, this is my firs
Aug 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gerçeküstü ve fantastik edebiyattan hoşlanmama rağmen "Kumların Kadını"nı çok ilginç buldum. Farklı bir anlatım ve ilginç benzetmelerle hızla ve zevkle okunur bir roman çıkmış ortaya. Eminim siz de okuduktan sonra "kum"a çok farklı bakacak, belki de bir anlam yükleyeceksiniz. Öneririm
Aug 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very claustrophobic novel about a man who comes imprisoned in a sand pit in the dunes with a unknown woman. His task is to shovel sand away each day to protect the nearby village. A tantalising job leading nowhere.
Although the place of action and the action itself is confined, the story is gripping. I couldn't stop reading, wanting to know if he could escape ultimately... It reads like a thriller.
Also The author somehow succeeds in varying the limited handlings and make the story also read li
Reza Mardani
Nov 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
کتاب خوبی بود، از خیلی جهات شبیه سیزیف کامو بود، خیلی از توصیف ها و تصویر سازی های متن رو نمی تونستم بفهمم و البته خیلی از جاها هم به ضرورت تجمه سانسور شده بود به نظرم
در نتیجه میریم که آماده بشیم برای دیدن فیلمش
Timothy Urges
The Woman in the Dunes is a bleak novel about the human plight and the monotony of existence.

The Woman in the Dunes is also about sand.
Bilal Y.
Jul 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hem konusu, hem işleyiş biçimi, hem de karakterlerin özgünlüğünden ve inandırıcılığından dolayı çok çok başarılı bir roman. Ve kendisini birçok farklı okumaya açacak bir roman gibi duruyor. Aynı zamanda kendinize dönmenizi sağlayacak bir roman. Bir de bu K. , Joseph tarzı izole kafkaesk bireyler üzerine tekrar düşünmeyi sağlayabilir. Kafkaesk olup sürükleyici olmayı başaran nadide bir kitap aynı zamanda....
Mobina Jafari
Dec 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, novel
به شدت تاثیر گذار بود این کتاب و این داستان؛ مبهوتم کرد با پایانش
Edward Lorn
Man, this is gonna be rough. I'm going to have people telling me that "Just because you were bored doesn't mean this wasn't a terrific piece of literature." No doubt, the original Japanese text must've been wonderful to win the award(s) it did, but this translation is merely serviceable. Then again, the idea of a parable is to keep the story and writing simple in order to clearly relay your message.

Still, lads and ladies, I was mighty bored. Took me eight days to read 241 pages. (Oh, by the way,
Sand sucks.

The sand in this novel is so oppressive, invasive, and omnipresent, that after finishing the book, I felt like I needed to take a shower. Maybe two.

"His words were absorbed by the sand and blown by the wind, and there was no way of knowing how far they reached."
The book is the basis of one of my favorite Japanese movies, and it's story is so eccentric, I wanted to see how it worked as a novel. It's the tale of a man, who disappeared and was declared dead after he journeyed on his
Dec 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
اولين بار بود كه يه كتاب برام جذاب بود ولى ترجمش اينقدر اذيت ميكرد!!

ترجمه باعث نشد كه بگم داستانش بكر و جذاب نبوده!!

خيلى ناراحت كننده بود ولى حقيقت داره !! به نظرم همه ى ما گرفتار یک همچین ریگ زارهایی تو زندگیمون هستیم.....
Kōbō Abe's The Woman in the Dunes is not only his most famous novel, but a classic of post-war Japanese literature and existential literature in general. Reviewers compared Abe to Sartre and Camus; it's been years since I've read both, so I'll do my best to judge the book on its own merit.

On surface, The Woman in the Dunes is a deceptively simple story. The main character, Niki Jumpei, is an amateur entomologist who travels to a remote area of Japan in search for rare insects. Jumpei desires to
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Kōbō Abe (安部 公房 Abe Kōbō), 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
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