Abe Kobo (1924--1993) was one of Japan's greatest postwar
writers, widely recognized for his imaginative science fiction and
plays of the absurd. However, he also wrote theoretical criticism
for which he is lesser known, merging literary, historical, and
philosophical perspectives into keen reflections on the nature of
creativity, the evolution of the human species, and an impressive
range of other subjects.
Abe Kobo tackled contemporary social issues and literary theory
with the depth and facility of a visionary thinker. Featuring
twelve essays from his prolific career -- including "Poetry and
Poets (Consciousness and the Unconscious)," written in 1944, and
"The Frontier Within, Part II," written in 1969 -- this anthology
introduces English-speaking readers to Abe Kobo as critic and
intellectual for the first time. Demonstrating the importance of
his theoretical work to a broader understanding of his fiction --
and a richer portrait of Japan's postwar imagination -- Richard F.
Calichman provides an incisive introduction to Abe Kobo's
achievements and situates his essays historically and
Subjects: Language & Literature, Philosophy, Art & Art History, History
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