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The Frontier Within: Essays by Abe Kōbō

Kōbō Abe


Abe Kōbō (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 Kōbō tackled contemporary social issues and literary theory with the depth and facility of a visionary thinker. Featuring twelve pieces of work from his prolific career—including “Poetr ... More

Keywords: science fiction, Abe Kōbō, Japan, Japanese postwar writer, theoretical criticism, social issues, literary theory

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780231163866
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231163866.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kōbō Abe, author