Japanese novelist and playwright Abe Kôbô is best known to Americans as the author of the novel 'Woman in the Dunes'. The works of Abe Kôbô use Existentialism and the Absurd, explore such central themes as the the relationship between the individual and society, the daily realities of urbanisation, alienation, and social fragmentation. Abe blurs the line between fiction and science, challenging our stereotypes about the order or rationality of science and the empty fantasies of fiction. His novels are widely read outside Japan in translations in English and 20 other languages.
“Abe Kôbô,” ibiblio catalog, accessed March 8, 2014, http://www.ibiblio.org/catalog/items/show/3598.