The Frontier Within: Essays by Abe Kobo (Weatherhead Books on Asia)

Abe Kobo (1924–1993) was once considered one of Japan's maximum postwar writers, widely known for his inventive technology fiction and performs of the absurd. even if, he additionally wrote theoretical feedback for which he's lesser identified, merging literary, ancient, and philosophical views into willing reflections at the nature of creativity, the evolution of the human species, and a powerful diversity of alternative topics.

Abe Kobo tackled modern social matters and literary conception with the intensity and facility of a visionary philosopher. that includes twelve essays from his prolific career―including "Poetry and Poets (Consciousness and the Unconscious)," written in 1944, and "The Frontier inside of, half II," written in 1969―this anthology introduces English-speaking readers to Abe Kobo as critic and highbrow for the 1st time. Demonstrating the significance of his theoretical paintings to a broader realizing of his fiction―and a richer portrait of Japan's postwar imagination―Richard F. Calichman offers an incisive creation to Abe Kobo's achievements and situates his essays traditionally and intellectually.

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