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by Abe Kobo
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History & Criticism
  • Author:
    Abe Kobo
  • ISBN:
    0399504702
  • ISBN13:
    978-0399504709
  • Genre:
  • Publisher:
    Perigee Trade (January 12, 1981)
  • Pages:
    299 pages
  • Subcategory:
    History & Criticism
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  • FB2 format
    1939 kb
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    1672 kb
  • DJVU format
    1640 kb
  • Rating:
    4.5
  • Votes:
    170
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The ruined map, by Kobo Abe ; translated by E. Dale Saunders. THE CITY-a bounded infinity. A labyrinth where you are never lost. Your private map where every block bears exactly the same number. Even if you lose your way, you cannot go wrong

The ruined map, by Kobo Abe ; translated by E. 299 p. 22 cm. Translation of: Moyetsukita chizu. Even if you lose your way, you cannot go wrong. Application for investigation.

He says a single map for life is all you need. A photograph and a worn-out matchbox with advertising. There were too many blank spaces on the map. Therefore, I had no obligation to force myself to fill them in. It’s a saying of his. The world is a forest, a woods, full of wild beasts and poisonous insects. I was no guardian of the law.

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Ruined Map left an impression on me. The ending is excellent, and the mystery leading up to the main character's . I've become a real enthusiast for Kobo Abe's work - and The Ruined Map stokes that enthusiasm. The ending is excellent, and the mystery leading up to the main character's grand realization keeps the pages turning. At face value, a detective novel, with much of it written in that staccato style so familiar from detective movie scripts, but Abe's wonderful descriptive prose breaks through to vary the pace.

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Kobo Abé. Yes, I did. Just let me get close and they run away terrified. I don’t have a chance to say a word. Again I was seated in front of the lemon-yellow curtains, and as it was still light outside, the room was filled with a lemon-yellow light. In it only the black mourning clothes were at odds, seeming to have been taken from a black and white photo album. I tried sounding him out about that, but it was no use. The more I tried to get something out of him.

With The Ruined Map, he crafted a mesmerizing literary crime novel that combines the narrative suspense of. .Of all the great Japanese novelists, Kobe Abe was indubitably the most versatile

With The Ruined Map, he crafted a mesmerizing literary crime novel that combines the narrative suspense of Chandler with the psychological depth of Dostoevsky. Of all the great Japanese novelists, Kobe Abe was indubitably the most versatile. With The Ruined Map, he crafted a mesmerizing literary crime novel that combines the narrative suspense of Chandler with the psychological depth of Dostoevsky.

Vintage International. Kobo Abe was born in Tokyo in 1924, grew up in Manchuria, and returned to Japan in his early twenties. In 1948 he received a medical degree from Tokyo Imperial University, but he never practiced medicine. Before his death in 1993, Abe was considered his country's foremost living novelist, and was also widely known as a dramatist. Close X. Learn about new offers and get more deals by joining our newsletter.

Of all the great Japanese novelists, Kobe Abe was indubitably the most versatile. With The Ruined Map, he crafted a mesmerizing literary crime novel that combines the narrative suspense of Chandler with the psychological depth of Dostoevsky.Mr. Nemuro, a respected salesman, disappeared over half a year ago, but only now does his alluring yet alcoholic wife hire a private eye. The nameless detective has but two clues: a photo and a matchbook. With these he embarks upon an ever more puzzling pursuit that leads him into the depths of Tokyo's dangerous underworld, where he begins to lose the boundaries of his own identity. Surreal, fast-paced, and hauntingly dreamlike, Abeâ?s masterly novel delves into the unknowable mysteries of the human mind.Translated from the Japanese by E. Dale Saunders.

Quashant
Ruined Map left an impression on me. The ending is excellent, and the mystery leading up to the main character's grand realization keeps the pages turning. I loved the tone, hard-boiled, logical, but Abe restrains himself a bit and keeps it straightforward, even when a plot device is used which could've made this more similar to Box Man. I would say if you liked Abe's style on Face of Another and Secret Rendezvous, you'll want to pick this up as well, but like all Abe fans will say, it's no Woman in the Dunes.
Snowskin
I've become a real enthusiast for Kobo Abe's work - and The Ruined Map stokes that enthusiasm. At face value, a detective novel, with much of it written in that staccato style so familiar from detective movie scripts, but Abe's wonderful descriptive prose breaks through to vary the pace. "Her somehow childish body harmonized with the breasts that were neither too big nor too small, and she seemed quite suited to the latest style of dancing, with its violent contortions", or "their vulgar hairdos, teased by the blaze that spurted from the drum, were quite appropriate for a dirty mattress" - these capture the scenes perfectly. Also, the desolation of a scene - "I called out, first in a quite weak voice and then somewhat louder. The sound melted into the deserted blank scene and was absorbed by it; not even a deadened echo came back."

The story has its twists and turns, a mysterious disappearance, a grim underworld, a murder, a suicide (seems no Japanese novel is complete without a suicide - although this one does have an unusual take). All very confusing as you are led along - but whose map (and who) are we following? "There was no mistake ... I thought I was following the husband's map, but I was following my own". A really intriguing work, with no great resolution. Some clarity in the end, but nothing is set out on a platter here, you form your own view (if you need one) as to the outcome - this no doubt frustrates some readers; others (me) revel in it.
Arashitilar
I Enjoyed thoroughly this remarkable story.
The search for a missing person opens into a larger search and deeper to where people's lives may intrinsically be found or lost.
Hiylchis
What is like to read James Joyce's Ulysses or more so Finnegan Wake in Japanese if your Japanese? I don't know but I'll bet you lose a lot/ and more so if there is no annotated guide to help through the dream language of the two books. To start with I found it funny that almost all reviews of this novel either listed details of the story erroneously or avoided them out right. Could such a book work for the English reader that wants a baseline explanation of the trap set by it's fully Japanese author? Well I don't think this mild English translation (without any notes at all) helps Abe's Japanese surrealism and New Wave to bloom into any real full blown existential crisis. . at least the one he seems to be hoping for in 1968. So who am I? What I am? Where am i going. . through hell if your reading the English translation of this book. Abe apparently tries to lay the burden of "the crime" solving and surreal expedience on the reader right? And to make it worse the author and main character seemingly delight in giving you half details and half truths that are constantly shifting and changing .. not only through the various maps in the story but various situations that keep changing with each page. Is it fun to be mentally ill if only for the short span of this "playful" novel? Perhaps ...if imagined mentally illness is your cup of tea . . but if not then maybe your up for a light dose of . . amnesia? And of course I realize "in real life" we can't really . .really. . "know" anybody not even ourselves. . but lets pretend that we can figure it all out anyway. . you know at least "who i am" anyway. . but lets do it while having a light dose of Alzheimer's to go with our search in F-city and S- city. No real city name is ever mention in the book. . not even Tokyo is mentioned (one review said it was) . . but hey it could be Tokyo right. . with all the underground crime going on and sexuality? And if you have a chance to watch the Japanese movie made from this book. . without subtitles. . Hiroshi Teshigahara's called it (don't laugh). . The Man Without a Map ( instead of the Ruined Map) / and what little I was able to watch of that movie showed me right off. . the English translation here. . loses a lot .But if the full movie is anything like the English translation of this novel. . it must have been pure hell to set up a narrative .. for editing and such. . unless as I think it's an experimental film. . But I'd rather go for William Burroughs Cut Ups from the 1950s .. which I love. . but I don't try to make a story out of it. . . but I get it. . all of us in these modern times are having an identity crisis and an existential crack up. . . but could this novel be a little less confusing and a little more enjoyable while trying to prove that? Or maybe Abe is having the last laugh. . .The Japanese modern cultural crisis of the 1960's being translated into American western thought of the 2000s/. Look I really don't have the time to keep going back to see who said what and why and who they really are/ / and you know what. . it doesn't really matter cuz everything keeps changing like your on acid. . .so I stopped at page 120 and dropped some real acid.. and it turned out to be a lot easier than reading this book. . hahaha. sorry // Will wait for a better translation or explanation. . at best i give this 2 stars/
Uaoteowi
It could be the translation, but I found this book to be very disappointing. I read the Box Man before this, which I greatly enjoyed. The story was loose, repetitive, and the ending was rather disappointing.