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Kobo Abe's The Woman in the Dunes

No need for Kafka. This was my perfect novel: desert wasteland setting, entomology, sparse and simple, two characters, mythological, relevance to my current experiences. It had everything I could ask for, and it’s amazing that “Kafkaesque” is a style, one that fits in internationally. 532 more words

shapeless, destructive power

“Sand, which didn’t even have a form of its own—other than the mean 1/8-mm. diameter. Yet not a single thing could stand against this shapeless, destructive power. 26 more words


one of the fundamental rules

“An entomologist must concentrate his whole attention within a radius of about three yards around his feet. And it is one of the fundamental rules that he should not have the sun at his back. 35 more words


vaguely disappointed

“Naturally, everyone at first imagined that a woman was involved. But his wife, or at least the woman he lived with, announced that the object of his trip had been to collect insect specimens. 32 more words


jealous as a teacher

“Rarely will you meet anyone so jealous as a teacher. Year after year students tumble along like the waters of a river. They flow away, and only the teacher is left behind, like some deeply buried rock at the bottom of the current. 62 more words


only a silhouette

“Suddenly she became a silhouette cut out from its background. A man of twenty is sexually aroused by a thought. A man of forty is sexually aroused on the surface of his skin. 24 more words


Films: 砂の女 (The Woman in the Dunes)

(Note: I’m spending some time during the inter-semester break catching up on unseen films and unread books & articles, and will be using this space to get some thoughts about them down on paper .) 957 more words