Monthly Archives: September 2010

“I’d never seen a play. I get the feeling that it’s for that reason that I was able to write it.”

Abe Kōbō’s daughter Abe Neri (now Mano Neri) describes in an interview how her father’s first novel, Owarishi michi no shirubeni (Signpost at the End of the Road, 1948), has very theatrical scenes (“engegitekina joukei”) and a dramaturgical conception (“engeki … Continue reading

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Abe’s Early Theatre (Shingeki)

Abe Kōbō wrote his first play, Seifuku (The Uniform), in 1955. He explains how he came to write the play as follows: It was an accident. I had no intention whatsoever of writing a play, but I had no choice. … Continue reading

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