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The woman in the dunes

Translated by Ernest Dale Saunders

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In this famous postwar Japanese novel, the first of Abe’s to be translated into English, Niki Jumpei, an amateur entomologist in pursuit of a rare specimen of beetle, wanders into a strange seaside village, whose residents all live in sandpits. He is taken prisoner, and, along with a widow cast out by the community, he is forced to move into her sandpit and continually shovel away the sand that threatens to take over the village. In Niki’s struggles to escape his prison and his developing relationship with the woman, he gradually comes to understand the existential nature of life.

japanese title: Suna no onna
notes: Japanese title: Suna no onna. Drawings by Machi Abe.
subjects: Psychological fiction, Japanese
genre: Fiction
ISBN: 9780679733782
OCLC number: 760414641
publisher: Knopf, 1964; Berkley Pub. Corp., 1964; Random House, 1972, 1991; Vintage, 1972, 1991
publication place: New York; New York; New York; New York
japanese publication date: 1962
english publication date: 1964
document type: Book
description: 239 p. ilus. 22 cm.