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The successive rows of houses sank deeper and deeper into the depressions. Instead he focused on writing, but his interest in science continued to find an outlet in his insect collecting. One can construct other approaches to this novel. Check out our sister sites: He has aspirations of discovering a new arenx of beetle, and thus achieving a small dose of distinction.

This web site and its sister sites may receive promotional copies of review items and other materials from publisher, publicists and other parties. Life imitates art, huh? The Woman in the Dunes is not that kind of book. Rebecca By Daphne Du Maurier. The author takes us to some hitherto unknown border- land, between the sober reality of the fully alert mind and the hallucinatory regions of our subconscious psyche. Strangely enough, John Fowles was writing a similar novel, The Collectorat virtually the same time as Abe—in both works an entomologist gets caught up in the illegal detention of people.

In The Women in the DunesAbe repeatedly adopts a clinical perspective more commonly found in a laboratory than a modern novel.

The whole setting is pervaded with a sick surrealism, yet Abe imposes on this nightmare an unflagging rationalism, even a scientific attitude. The local villagers offer to put him up in one of houses in the sand holes for the night, where an obliging widow will look after him. He is expected to help the widow in the endless task of removing the sand that accumulates endlessly in holes where the locals live. I am reading the classics of horror fiction during the course ofand each week will write about a significant work in the genre.


Abe ranks among a handful of authors to win both the Yomiuri and the Akutagawa prizes—lucrative honors currently one million yen goes to the winners of each and with great prestige in Japan. Ghost Stories of an Antiquary By M.

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La Mujer de La Arena

On his way, he passes a bizarre series of makeshift houses, each sinking deeper and deeper into the sand the closer he approaches the shore. I cringe whenever a character falls asleep and the story moves into slumber time. When he refuses to assist in the sand removal and other household chores, the villagers respond by cutting off the supply of water. aarena

Abe, in contrast, crosses over into dreamtime, bringing together the most incongruous and implausible elements into a story as shifting and unstable as the dunes it describes, yet presented with a rigor and attention to symbolic valence that never collapses into sheer fantasy or mindless horror.

My Year of Horrible Reading Week 1: Yet rather than undermining the Kafkaesque qualities of the story, this attention to logic and detail reinforces the claustrophobia and loneliness of the novel. Yes, an element of horror was palpable, but you could also read these works as political commentaries, existential fables, or some new surreal style of writing that we have learned to call Kafkaesque.


To purchase, click on image. At length, all the houses seemed to be sunk into hollows scooped in the sand.

Anything might happen, but there will be no soothing return myjer reality, no awakening to dispel the demons. Any account of the history of dreamlike fiction needs to acknowledge the importance of Edgar Allan PoeH.

This is my year of horrible reading. Abe comes across wbe the anti-Aesop, the storyteller who insists that we learn from his fable, but in place of ‘the moral of the story’ leaves us with only a blank space.

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Other dream- oriented works settle for smaller effects, teaching us to laugh at the absurdity of the circumstances, but undermining the intensity of the story by the surreal tone. On his trip, the teacher travels first by mujjer, then bus, and finally walks the final stretch to the beach.

Even after the final page, we are left feeling that, much like the hero of this story, even if we cannot rise to the challenge, we can hardly walk away.

You are invited to join me in my annus horribilis. Lovecraft and other literary masters of the nascent horror genre.