Existentialism In Abe Kobo's 'Woman In The Dunes'

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Abe Kōbō lived a very interesting and harsh life. Kōbō was raised in Manchuria, a place that, at the time was controlled by Japan. As a Japanese living in Manchuria, he wasn’t well received in that community, despite his father being a doctor. He later moved back to Japan to study medicine. While he received his degree, he never practiced medicine. Instead he became a street vendor to make ends meet. It was during his vending years that he starting writing. After winning a few awards for his writings, he became a screenwriter. Kōbō became a very influential wring figure for post-WW2 in Japan. His work, the Woman in the Dunes, is the most influential of his works. It even earned a Kōbō a film adaption of said book. In this book, Abe Kobo uses nihilistic and existentialist ideas to highlight isolation and life 's meaning in mankind.…show more content…
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