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    By: Abe Kobo

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    Abe Kobo (19241993) was one of Japans greatest postwar writers, recognized widely for his science fiction and plays of the absurd. He also wrote keen theoretical criticism for which he is lesser known, merging literary, historical, and philosophical perspectives. From the nature of creativity to the evolution of the human species, Abe tackled contemporary social issues and literary theory with the depth and facility of a visionary thinker.Featuring twelve essays from twenty-five years of Abes prolific career, including his 1944 Poetry and Poets (Consciousness and the Unconscious) and his 1969 The Frontier Within, Part II, this anthology for the first time introduces English-speaking readers to Abe as critic and intellectual. Proving the importance of his theoretical work to a broader understanding of his fictionand a richer portrait of Japans postwar imaginationRichard F. Calichman provides a substantial introduction to Abes achievements and situates his essays within historical and intellectual trends.

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