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The Woman in the Dunes

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The Woman in the Dunes, by celebrated writer and thinker Kobo Abe, combines the essence of myth, suspense and the existential novel.

After missing the last bus home following a day trip to the seashore, an amateur entomologist is offered lodging for the night at the bottom of a vast sand pit. But when he attempts to leave the next morning, he quickly discovers that the loc
Paperback, 241 pages
Published 1991 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 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 that can be reached only by ro
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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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.
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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
Dana Ilie
Sep 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
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
Steven Godin
Jan 24, 2019 rated it liked it
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

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
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
Mar 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
یک نکته یک سوال
نکته: مرده (آقای نیکی) خیلی قد کوتاه بود . من از مرد کوتاه خوشم نمیاد حتی اگه حشره شناس باشه.
سوال: چرا " زن در ریگ روان " و نه "مرد در ریگ روان "؟
صوتیش رو گوش دادم از آوای بوف، اجرا وحشتناک بد بود
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
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
Will Byrnes
Nov 02, 2008 rated it liked it
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Mohammad Hrabal
Feb 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
یک رمان قشنگ و دوست داشتنی. چند نکته‌ی کوچک:
یک. ابتدا فیلم اقتباسی این رمان را (که آقای هیروشی تشیگاهارا کارگردانی کرده) دیدم و به خواندن آن بسیار مشتاق شدم. هم فیلم و هم کتاب فوق‌العاده هستند. نظر من این است که اول کتاب را بخوانید، بعد فیلم را ببینید.
Woman in the dunes (1964) 8.5
دو. اگر دوستی حشره شناس دارید که به رمان علاقه‌مند است این مورد را به او پیشنهاد دهید چرا که فکر می‌کنم برایش بسیار جذاب باشد.
سه. دوستی گفته بود ترجمه‌ی آقای غبرایی را نخوانید که خیلی زیاد غلط ترجمه شده و سانسور زیاد د
Feb 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
یه فضاسازی بکر و عجیب که یک تصویر منحصر به فرد رو تو ذهن موندگار میکنه. با تمام وجود طعم شن رو زیر زبونم حس کردم، هنوزم انگار تمام دهنم مزه‌ی شن میده.
داستان از خو گرفتن به عادت‌ها و مکان‌ها میگه، شرایطی که شاید در روزهای اول برامون فجیع و غیرقابل تحمل و دردناک بیان اما به مرور زمان عادی میشن و حتی گاهی وقت‌ها دوست داشتیو لذت‌بخش.. این هم تلخه هم عجیب، این سازگاری و عادت جبری وقتی کاری برای تغییر از دستت برنمیاد..
تصویر انتهایی کتاب درخشانه، و صد حیف که سانسور به یک دستی روایت لطمه زده. یک فیلم اق
Apr 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
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
Majeed Estiri
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
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
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
L.S. Popovich
One of my favorite books of all time. One of the best film adaptations of a book as well, done by Hiroshi Teshigahara in collaboration with Abe. Both are equally mesmeric.

Kobo Abe's well-honed, surreal worlds became etched permanently in my mind, and this novel more than his others. Even after reading some of his less intense, and less masterful novels, I still retained a deep appreciation for his bizarre aesthetic. You will discover a similar texture and attitude as in Poe or Baudelaire. Though
Vicky "phenkos"
Mar 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
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
Mar 20, 2010 rated it really liked it
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.

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»
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.
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.
Visceral, claustrophobic, poetic. And not for me.
description- Anakin Skywalker a.k.a. Darth Vader

General and themes
I didn’t understand. But life isn’t something one can understand, I suppose.

The Woman in the Dunes brings us the mysterious tale of a man looking for insects but ending up in a seaside village of houses nestled in honeycomb like pits of sand. One of the creatures he plans to discover in the dunes is a beetle that is known to lures it victims into desserts to feast of their flesh when they die:
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
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
Oct 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
یادمه که تنهایی خفه‌کننده‌ای داشت و جونمو گرفت تا بخونمش.
فضاسازیش اونقدری خوب بود که هنوز اسم این کتاب رو هم که میبینم طعم شن حس می‌کنم. :)))
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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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