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By Kobo Abe

ISBN-10: 0375726519

ISBN-13: 9780375726514

Kobo Abe, the the world over acclaimed writer of Woman within the Dunes, combines wildly innovative fantasies and naturalistic prose to create narratives corresponding to the paintings of Kafka and Beckett.

In this eerie and evocative masterpiece, the anonymous protagonist provides up his id and the trimmings of an ordinary lifestyles to reside in a wide cardboard field he wears over his head. Wandering the streets of Tokyo and scribbling madly at the inside partitions of his field, he describes the realm open air as he sees or even imagines it, a tenuous truth that turns out to incorporate a mysterious rifleman made up our minds to shoot him, a seductive younger nurse, and a physician who desires to develop into a field guy himself. The field Man is a surprise of sheer originality and a bizarrely attention-grabbing delusion concerning the very nature of identity.

Translated from the japanese through E. Dale Saunders.

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Kobo Abe, the across the world acclaimed writer of lady within the Dunes, combines wildly innovative fantasies and naturalistic prose to create narratives comparable to the paintings of Kafka and Beckett.

In this eerie and evocative masterpiece, the anonymous protagonist offers up his identification and the trimmings of a regular lifestyles to dwell in a wide cardboard field he wears over his head. Wandering the streets of Tokyo and scribbling madly at the inside partitions of his field, he describes the realm outdoors as he sees or maybe imagines it, a tenuous truth that turns out to incorporate a mysterious rifleman made up our minds to shoot him, a seductive younger nurse, and a physician who desires to turn into a field guy himself. The field guy is a surprise of sheer originality and a bizarrely interesting myth concerning the very nature of identity.

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People were gathered from villages from all around here, maybe a thousand people in all. The only things we worked on were the surrounding wall and the earthen walls. The Chinese that worked on the buildings were brought in from somewhere, but we didn't know where. " Within a year of breaking ground at Beiyinhe, Ishii had ordered the construction of approximately one hundred buildings within the camp's walls. The Chinese laborers brought in by the japanese military to build the buildings were worked to exhaustion to satisfy Ishii's schedule.

He counted Hideki TOjo, Japan's future World War II prime minister, among his close friends. Becoming Ishii's university patron, Koizumi acted to gather valuable support for the young doctor's bio-war project from within the scientific circles of academia and hospital research groups. When he began supporting Ishii in 1930 he did so with an eye on his own agenda, which was to increase the stature of his surgeons' corps and to reactivate the dormant chemical weapons program. Koizumi knew that biological and chemical warfare, while distinctly different forms of killing, each involved biological research and testing.

Later, when scientists wanted to study the effects of their grotesque medical studies on various organs, the prisoners would be dissected, their blood sera and organs collected and studied, often without benefit of anesthesia-for fear that the anesthetic would affect the condition of blood and organs and therefore taint the results of the experiment. The method of murder for some experiment subjects was a strike to the head with an axe, so 30 A P LAG UE UPON HU MAN lTV that the brain could be immediately removed for examination.

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