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Kobo Abe was born in Tokyo in 1924, grew up in Manchuria, and returned to Japan in his early twenties. In 1948 he received a medical degree from Tokyo Imperial University, but he never practiced medicine. Before his death in 1993, Abe was considered his country's foremost living novelist, and was also widely known as a dramatist. His novels have earned many literary awards and prizes, and have all been best sellers in Japan. They include The Woman in the Dunes, Kangaroo Notebook, The Ark Sakura, The Face of Another, The Box Man, and The Ruined Map.

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"A disquieting and original work of art."-The New York Times

"A compelling tour-de-force.... A horror story of such magnitude that it stuns the mind."-The New York Times Book Review

"An exciting, imaginative, and entertaining novel."-San Francisco Chronicle

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