ARCHIVED ONLINE EVENT - Japan Society Book Club: Secret Rendezvous by Kobo Abe
Monday 8 February 2021
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Free for Japan Society Members
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It’s 4am when the ambulance comes to take the man's wife away - except no-one has called it, and there is nothing wrong with her. As he sets out to find her, he finds himself in the corridors of a vast underground hospital with the unmistakable feeling of being watched. He encounters sinister medics and freakish sexual experiments and even when he is suddenly appointed as the hospital's chief of security, reporting to a man who thinks he is a horse, he will not give up his search. Secret Rendezvous is a nightmarish satire of bureaucracy, medicine and modern life.
Kobo Abe was born in Tokyo in 1924, grew up in Manchuria, and returned to Japan in his early twenties. Before his death in 1993, Abe was considered his country's foremost living novelist. His novels have earned many literary awards and prizes, and have all been bestsellers in Japan. They include The Woman in the Dunes, The Ark Sakura, The Face of Another, The Box Man, and The Ruined Map.
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