Like an elegantly chilling postscript to The Metamorphosis, this classic of postwar Japanese literature describes a bizarre physical transformation that exposes the duplicities of an entire world The narrator is a scientist hideously deformed in a laboratory accident a man who has lost his face and, with it, his connection to other people Even his wife is now repulsed byLike an elegantly chilling postscript to The Metamorphosis, this classic of postwar Japanese literature describes a bizarre physical transformation that exposes the duplicities of an entire world The narrator is a scientist hideously deformed in a laboratory accident a man who has lost his face and, with it, his connection to other people Even his wife is now repulsed by him His only entry back into the world is to create a mask so perfect as to be undetectable But soon he finds that such a mask is than a disguise it is an alternate self a self that is capable of anything A remorseless meditation on nature, identity and the social contract, The Face of Another is an intellectual horror story of the highest order.
The Face of Another Like an elegantly chilling postscript to The Metamorphosis this classic of postwar Japanese literature describes a bizarre physical transformation that exposes the duplicities of an entire world The
The world of The Face of Another is the world of Japan in the 1960s , observed through Abe s highly tuned microscope a world layered in paranoia, in which fast growing technology when not regulated, might create a terrifying nightmarish forecast of the future Abe explores the foreign the unknown within man, moving his protagonist in deceptive scenarios, observing his relationship with others, peeling away his external perceptions, to expose the layers within A scientist s facial vulgarization ca [...]
It is not surprising that readers, even if they are devout fans of K b Abe, don t take to The Face of Another in the same manner as The Woman in the Dunes or some of his other novels It may be because of the uncomfortable feeling a reader gets being stuck in the narrator s head for an entire novel much like Camus The Stranger The story is built on the premise of a wife finding her husband s notebooks which are filled with solipsistic meanderings, repeated excursuses, counter arguments directed a [...]
Kobo Abe es un escritor que me agrada notablemente Admiro mucho su forma de escribir Este es el tercer libro luego de haber le do la recopilaci n de cuentos Los cuentos siniestros y otra de sus novelas m s conocidas, Encuentros secretos.Pero en este caso, debo reconocer que me cost much simo terminar el libro Tal vez haya ocurrido esto por la dens sima prosa reflexiva y los cuestionamientos existencialistas del personaje principal.La novela se compone de tres largos cap tulos divididos en Cuader [...]
Huge disappointment.I came across Kobo Abe by way of Hiroshi Teshigahara s screen adaptation of The Woman in the Dunes, as well as Pitfall, both of which I regard as masterpieces of Japanese cinema, on par with the films of Kurosawa and the other Japanese greats This was my first Kobo Abe novel.The premise is very compelling Not so the execution I found the prose so impenetrably dull and repetitive that my trying to stay focused to follow the narrator s train of thought was quite excruciating Po [...]
Face of Another is a kind of post Kafka take on the experiment gone wrong stories of Wells and Stevenson Abe sometimes sinks his narrative drive by fully realizing the artifice through which he is revealing his story, here it is the notebooks of the scientist who creates the titular object, written to his wife This mirrors the structures of Secret Rendezvous and Box Man and in the final post script of the wife echoes the finale of Tanizaki s The Key The notebooks contain anecdotal philosophizing [...]
This is by far my favorite of Abe s novels Mainly due to the odd tension he is able to sustain through long, often philosophically concerned monologues of a man who, after burning his face, decides to fashion and wear a mask in an effort to locate the social effect of the self and how that self can be split It kept reminding me of a universally centered American Psycho, 30 years before Ellis s, with even layering of psychological effect and eerie calm as the narrator continues revealing himse [...]
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But then, it just occurred to me it s probably a good thing to go to the movies occasionally The whole audience puts on the actor s face No one needs his own A movie s a place where you pay your money to exchange faces for a while
If Abe Kobo is one of the most important writers in post war Japan, then The Face of Another is one of its most incisive commentaries on human nature and identity Brilliantly conceived and meticulously crafted, a work of this magnitude can only be the product of an intellectual with rare creative ability It is a veritable invention of genius, and nothing less than a philosophical tour de force.The Japanese title Tanin no Kao is a apt title for it connotes something stronger than just of another [...]
The face of another is a classical Abe novel that has all his hallmark features verbose, erotic unusually mild in this novel , with penchant for excessive philosophical rant This novel was written in the format of a note left by a man, whose face was disfigured in an accident, to his wife In the first part he argues the significance of one s face for social interactions and the features that constitute different face types In the second part he talks about his social experiments after wearing a [...]
Suka banget sama novel lama ini, yang berkisah tentang derita seorang lelaki yang wajahnya cacat akibat kecelakaan di laboratorium Tokoh aku , seorang ahli kimia molekuler, wajahnya terbakar hingga rusak parah, yang bersisa di wajahnya hanya jejaring jejaring daging akibat luka keloid.Wajah yang merupakan penanda identitas, bagi lelaki ini juga menjadi sangat begitu pentingnya Setelah tak lagi mempunyai wajah ia begitu menderita, terasing, bahkan sang istri pun berkhianat hingga ia harus terus m [...]
Actually, what I ask of you is quite something else again I want some sign of a completely meaningful human relationship the lines are indistinct call it heart or soul And even now, when I think of the distance between us, the measure of it is the remoteness of your expression and nothing else Under any circumstances, I simply did not want to lose you To lose you would be symbolic of losing the world Our silence was not the vacuum that comes from having said all there is to say Whatever conversa [...]
Oh, the under appreciated Kobo Abe His work is always intriguing, especially Women in the Dunes and The Ruined Map, and usually quite compelling, but something about this one had me less than enthusiastic to pick it up Don t get me wrong, I liked it, but it just wasn t the same Abe I have enjoyed so much in his previous novels There is plenty of intrigue a man loses his face in a laboratory accident, constructs a mask to hide the deformity, then, as he plays psychological mind games with himself [...]
O fato do narrador levar o conceito de persona amalgamando o literalidade criando uma tens o constante que haver uma ruptura de tabu e no exato momento que isso vai se concretizar o livro acaba Eu diria que de fato uma grande obra, mas passar por todas as min cias presentes no texto um trabalho um tanto quanto rduo, para n o dizer entediante.
1 que eu lembre, muito diferente do filme do Teshigahara de 66 2 bom pra ler com as trilhas sonoras do Toru Takemitsu 3 essa edi o da cosacnaify a ideal 7.5 10.0
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Interesting and strange, I still think this was my least favorite Abe that I ve read yet It s well worth reading, but the wildness isn t as wild as the other Abe I ve read and the prose is of a slog Overly cerebral without flying as much perhaps Still would have read it knowing before what I know now, but it just isn t the best of what I think Abe could do.
Of course the author ended with a movie summary in highly lyrical language just to show he could do it if he wanted to write beautifully The rest of the book is great in voice the narrator is unbearably self centered I felt claustrophobic being stuck inside his head Lots and lots of intriguing and smart diagnosis of identityde me think about masks a great deal Made me wonder if I could design my own face to suit what I think my soul is It probably wouldn t even be a face It would be a blurry blo [...]
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In this book, I could see the obvious influence of Kafka on Abe s writing It s similar to The Metamorphosis whereby daily activities are written out as it is perceived by the protagonist It is a disturbing book, in a way that one can t really say perhaps in the way that there is a hint of mental illness, and some justification to every action, whether moral or not.The protagonist s obsession with face was derived from his lack of one, and ever since his facelessness has seen things differently, [...]
Great book, now it s time to rewatch the movie I have proven that a mask by its very existence is basically destructive Equivalent to premeditated murder, the mask can stand shoulder to shoulder, with no feeling of inferiority, with arson or banditry It was not surprising that the mask, which itself was a form of destruction, was not inspired to such crimes as arson and murder, although it was in the act of walking now through the ruins of human relationships destroyed by its existence Despite t [...]
I think this book was brilliantly conceived, the ideas of the notebooks written to his wife, and the entire premise The writing itself was atrocious though Abe spends way too much time rambling, less time on the meat of the story and should have explored this story in different ways This is my second book by Abe, and the first was compelling enough to make me pick up this one after not being completely won over by the first This one is going to turn me off of reading him in the future though.
This book is a Japanese classic by Kobo Abe who expresses the need for masks in an eloquent and poignant way His explanation and understanding of how a person s mask comes across to others and is perceived by themselves is very thought provoking Quite a difficult read in terms of the language in places as the book is essentially an extended essay of feelings and emotions Overall, I liked it.
I once read a line somewhere person word is derived from a Greek root Persona which literally means A Mask Aren t we all masks amid myriad of masks Does our personality change if our face is changed Do we start behaving differently if we were liberated from the bogey of the face whose identity defines us These are just few questions whose answers begs questions than the answers itself When I read the excerpt of this book, I thought it might an extension of those 20th century gothic masterpieces [...]
I have been sampling a number of Japanese novelists recently, so I thought I d give Kobo Abe a try The blurb and initial few pages of The Face of Another suggested I was in for a Kafkaesque experience, which I was up to a point The premise of a man whose face has been destroyed in a laboratory accident, and who attempts to build a new face for himself, sounded promising Unfortunately, I found the pace and marshalling of events such as they are slow and rather flaccid very wordy, and not in a par [...]
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dif cil descrever a obra de Kobo Abe com um adjetivo que n o genial Quando li seu Woman in the Dunes , h alguns anos, fiquei fascinado O Rosto de um Outro , contudo, uma obra diferente, mais complexa e dif cil lutei com o livro no terceiro quarto , mas n o menos brilhante.
In Kobo Abe s The Face of Another, a man s face is destroyed in a lab accident, and he inwardly embarks on an agonizing journey of self analysis while outwardly constructing a mask to conceal his wounds.The novel is described as an intellectual horror story of the highest order, but it reads like a metaphysical mystery Having recently completed Paul Auster s New York Trilogy, I cannot help but see a strong similarity between this novel and the Trilogy in subject matter, composition and even the [...]
Seorang ilmuwan mengalami kecelakaan percobaan di laboratorium kimia yang menyebabkan kulit wajahnya rusak dan melepuh Setelah itu ia membebat seluruh kepalanya dengan perban maka iapun terlihat berbeda, seperti orang aneh, monster, dijauhi orang orang, bahkan istrinya menolak bercinta Didorong rasa sakit hati dan amarah, ia bekerja keras membuat topeng paling sempurna yang akan memberinya wajah baru sebagai manusia.Ditampilkan sebagai kumpulan catatan harian yang dinarasikan langsung oleh si to [...]