The Box Man: A Novel by Kobo Abe

The Box Man: A Novel

byKobo Abe

Kobo ebook | December 14, 2011

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Kobo Abe, the internationally acclaimed author of Woman in the Dunes*,* combines wildly imaginative fantasies and naturalistic prose to create narratives reminiscent of the work of Kafka and Beckett.

In this eerie and evocative masterpiece, the nameless protagonist gives up his identity and the trappings of a normal life to live in a large cardboard box he wears over his head. Wandering the streets of Tokyo and scribbling madly on the interior walls of his box, he describes the world outside as he sees or perhaps imagines it, a tenuous reality that seems to include a mysterious rifleman determined to shoot him, a seductive young nurse, and a doctor who wants to become a box man himself. The Box Man is a marvel of sheer originality and a bizarrely fascinating fable about the very nature of identity.

Translated from the Japanese by E. Dale Saunders.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

Kobo Abe is the pseudonym of Kimifusa Abe, who was born in Tokyo, Japan on March 7 1924. He was brought up in Manchuria where he lived with his father, a doctor of the hosipital attached to the Imperial Medical Colledge of Manchuria. In elementary school, he was educated in the experimental way, in which a teacher trained children to d...
Title:The Box Man: A NovelFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:December 14, 2011Publisher:Knopf Doubleday Publishing GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:030781369X

ISBN - 13:9780307813695

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from More philosophy than psychology I understand that the concept of the Box Man is a vehicle for extrapolating on the various themes of seeing/being seen, loneliness, social anxiety, identity... but I really was hoping for more of a psychological dip into why someone would become a literal box man instead of philosophical rants. Yet, while the novel was definitely interesting and raised some intriguing questions about the aforementioned topics, overall I wasn?t entranced. This would be a good novel for a more experimental book club or to give to someone who hasn?t read a lot of ?weird" novels and wants to start. As I?m accustomed to that genre, I didn?t find it particularly challenging or hard to follow. In fact, I enjoyed how it was broken up into segments and part of the experience was to figure out who was who (or who actually existed). An interesting read, I'll give it that.
Date published: 2014-08-08