The Box Man-9780241454596

The Box Man by Abe, Kobo, Saunders, E. Dale

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Author: Abe, Kobo, Saunders, E. Dale

Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

Published on 29 October 2020 by Penguin Books Ltd (Penguin Classics) in the United Kingdom as part of 'the Penguin Modern Classics' series.

Paperback | 160 pages
130 x 196 x 14 | 126g

'A spellbinder from beginning to end, an edgy masterpiece' Chicago Sun Times'This is the record of a box man'. Anonymous and alone, the box man peeps out of his cut-out eyeholes and watches the world from behind his four cardboard walls. At first repulsed by the strange phenomenon of people who have decided to abandon society and live in boxes on the Tokyo streets, he has found himself drawn into the anonymity and voyeurism of their life. As he becomes obsessed with spying on a young nurse, his identity slips away, in Kobo Abe's eerie, disorienting and seductive masterpiece of unease.

'Funny, sad and destructive ... an invention with its own crazy pull, it gnaws at the reader ... a stunning addition to the literature of eccentricity' The New York Times