ARCHIVED ONLINE EVENT - Japan Society Book Club: The Woman in the Dunes by Kobo Abe
Tuesday 9 May 2023*
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*please note this event will take place on a Tuesday, due to the Bank Holiday for the Coronation.
Free for Japan Society Members
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The story is set in 1955, when Jumpei Niki, a teacher from Tokyo, visits a fishing village to collect insects. After missing the last bus home, he is offered shelter in the village. However, he is prevented from leaving and his held captive by the villagers. Tasked with shovelling back the sand dunes threatening the village, his only company is a young woman. Winner of the 1962 Yomiuri Prize, The Woman in the Dunes has also received an influential film adaptation in 1964.
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Kobo Abe (1924-1993), was the son of a doctor and studied medicine at Tokyo University. However, he became known as an author, gaining international acclaim upon the publication of The Woman in the Dunes. He became involved in the performance arts in the 1960s, when he collaborated in the film adaptations of The Pitfall and The Woman in the Dunes.
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