Kôbô Abe

Kôbô Abe


Kôbô Abe set off to medical school to please his parents. While still a student, he became interested in writing, and managed to sell a short story to a magazine. He failed his medical exam twice, and asked to be spared dishonor and allowed to pass the third time, under the agreement that he would never practice medicine, because he wanted to be a writer. In the 1960s he adapted his novels Moetsukita chizu (1968), The Box Man (2002), Woman of the Dunes (1964), and Tanin no kao (1966) to film. The last proved unsuccessful, and the professional relationship they had dissolved. Abe's works did not shy away from the surreal or even elements of science fiction, and frequently dealt with medical doctors and medical terminology, even when becoming extremely Kafkaesque. His last book, Kangaroo Notebook, was published posthumously and maddeningly questions Abe's favorite themes: illusion vs. reality.
  • When was
    Kôbô Abe born?

    Kôbô Abe was born on Friday, March 7, 1924

  • Where was
    Kôbô Abe born?

    Kôbô Abe was born in Tokyo, Japan

  • How old was
    Kôbô Abe when they died?

    Kôbô Abe was 69

  • When did Kôbô Abe die?

    Kôbô Abe died on
    Friday, January 22, 1993

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