Paperback The woman in the dunes / Kobo Abe ; translated from the Japanese by E. Dale Saunders introduction by David Mitchell ; with drawings by Machi Abe.
Publication year: 2006
Publisher: London : Penguin,
Resource type: Physical
ISBN: 9780141188522 (pbk.) :
This translation originally published: New York: Knopf, 1964; London: Secker & Warburg, 1965.
In a remote seaside village, Niki Jumpei, an amateur entomologist, is held captive at the bottom of a vast sand pit where he is pressed into shovelling off the ever-advancing sand dunes that threaten the village. Dazzlingly original, Kobo Abe's The Woman in the Dunes is one of the premier Japanese novels in the twentieth century, and this Penguin Classics edition contains a new introduction by David Mitchell, author of Cloud Atlas.Niki Jumpei, an amateur entomologist, searches the scorching desert for beetles. As night falls he is forced to seek shelter in an eerie village, half-buried by huge sand dunes. He awakes to the terrifying realisation that the villagers have imprisoned him with a young woman at the bottom of a vast sand pit. Tricked into slavery and threatened with starvation if he does not work, Jumpei's only chance is to shovel the ever-encroaching sand - or face an agonising death. Among the greatest Japanese novels of the twentieth century, The Woman in the Dunes combi
Series title: Modern classics
xiii, 239 p. : ill. ; 20 cm.