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SECRET RENDEZVOUS. Kobo Abe. Translated by juliet winters carpenter. VINTAGE INTERNATIONAL Vintage Books A Division of Random House, Inc New York. Published in the United States by Vintage Books, a division of Random House, In. New York, and simultaneously in Canada by Random House of Canada Limited, Toronto. Originally published in Japan as Mikkai by Shinchosha, Tokyo.

Secret Rendezvous book. Kōbō Abe seems like he was probably an interesting person. I picture him sweaty and anxious, hunched over his typewriter in the throes of yet another paranoid fever dream

Secret Rendezvous book. I picture him sweaty and anxious, hunched over his typewriter in the throes of yet another paranoid fever dream. His perception is so sharp it causes deep pain.

Secret Rendezvous (密会, Mikkai) is a 1977 novel by Kōbō Abe. In the middle of the night, an ambulance arrives to take away a woman who appears to be completely healthy. Her husband, a sales representative for an athletic shoe company, attempts to track her whereabouts the next morning, but can find no trace of her once he arrives at the hospital. The English translation by Juliet Winters Carpenter was first published by Knopf in 1979.

Kobo Abe was born in Tokyo in 1924 and grew up in Mukden, Manchuria, during World War I. People Who Read Secret Rendezvous Also Read. Inspired by Your Browsing History.

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Title: Secret Rendezvous. Catalogue Number: 9780375726545. Kobo Abe was born in Tokyo in 1924, grew up in Manchuria, and returned to Japan in his early twenties. Before his death in 1993, Abe was considered his country's foremost living novelist, and was also widely known as a dramatist. His novels have earned many literary awards and prizes, and have all been best sellers in Japan.

com: Secret Rendezvous: Novel by the renowned Japanese writer about a salesman whose wife suddenly vanishes. Kobo is most known in this country for his novel The Woman In The Dunes that was made into a superb film. Small remainder mark to the bottom edge.

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Published by Thriftbooks. com User, 11 years ago. This was the first Kobe Abe book I've read. It a short quick read, but rather crazy. I'm not sure what really happened or why. A lot of things are so random and therefore entertaining. I would recommend this book to those who like well written books with great imagery and that are thought-provoking, but ultimately lack the usual plot structure and conclusion of a story.

A man's frantic search for his vanished wife leads him to a sinister underground hospital. He encounters a sex-obsessed mix of patients and staff in this erotic satire of modern medicine.
A rabid page turner the likes of which I haven't read since my first encounter with Harlan Ellison's I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream. Despite what really amounts to a dark and twisting psychological nightmare, I found myself genuinely laughing out loud as often as I would reading a Vonnegut, if not more so! Secret Rendezvous alone convinced me to buy all the rest of Abe's work. Even the most minor details contained in Abe's excellent prose are weirdly memorable. The ending is executed flawlessly!
From the very start of this short, but densely labyrinthine and surreally intense novel, you know that you're in strange territory. An ambulance comes unbidden in the middle of the night, spirits away a man's perfectly healthy wife, and he's left to begin a Kafkaesque search to find out what's become of her in a hospital whose nightmarish bureaucracy is concealing a bizarre and ominous program of sex research.

Abe has the rare talent of making even the most outlandish situations seem perfectly plausible and that's what lends *Secret Rendezvous* its riveting sense of psychological truth and subjective terror. Like a powerful myth, there's something more *real* than real about the protagonist's endlessly frustrating search, his alternating states of inexplicable omnipotence and paralyzing impotence, his longing to find his missing wife and his fear of doing so.

Like Robbe-Grillet, Abe is a master of moody erotic dread and the hint of horrors forever just out of view. Unlike Robbe-Grillet, Abe's storyline, though fractured, is not obsessively repetitive; though detailed, it's not frozen in time--events move forward towards a conclusion that, although ambiguous, nevertheless seems eerily inevitable.

Explicit, often shocking, never purely prurient, and, at times, even surprisingly funny, *Secret Rendezvous* is a disturbing and thought-provoking novel by a writer who strikes me as one of the most under-appreciated of the 20th century. His sexually-charged themes and dark insights into psychological dilemmas flatly without resolution make a point about the problematic nature of the human condition that is not easily assimilated to a culture that still believes in fact, that still believes in the concept of `humanity' at all.

Perhaps, that makes Abe more relevant now than ever.
I really don't know what to say. This is the 3rd Kobo Abe Book I've read. So far I've loved the others , but I was not prepared for what lies behind these pages. A very sexually charged Kafka like journey of a man looking for his wife in a hospital. The book gets lower and deeper into a surreal nightmare like a journey of voyeurism,strange surgeries, secret audio taping,oozing children,quilts made of human hair, and an ending that was completely completely surprising. Kobo Abe has become one of my favorite authors. I already purchased 4 more of his books. Note that Kobo Abe deals in the human condition,identity and transformation in most his works. At least so far, like Woman in the Dunes, Face of another, the character goes through a change,good or bad, through an extreme action or event. This book is the most confusing and ambiguous change for the main character simply called "The Man", than any of the previous books, and is the most fascinating at the same time. For me it was just a page turner. Every time I thought something was going to be one way, it would twist and become even more dark surreal and sexual. Much like the journey deep into the underground tunnels and decay that is in the book itself, it takes you there as well. But in my opinion it's one of the best books I've read in years and is my favorite so far this year without a doubt.If you are easily offended by really bizarre sexual situations, or don't like almost nightmare like surreal twists then I'd avoid this book. If you like just mind boggling strange and distorted stories that plunge you into an absolute freaky sex hospitalized mind trip .. you gotta read this.
Unless you are a die hard fan of Kobo Abe, you might want to pass on this one. Eccentric, phantasmagorical, somewhat smutty, and Kafkaeque it is, but for me it was also fundamentally lacking in dramatic tension. Such humour as there was, I had to disinter carefully from its shallow, cliched grave.
Through the meticulous detail and persistent narrative rhythm of "Woman in the Dunes," Kobo Abe masterfully creates an emotional experience of visceral intensity, inculcated word by word like so many grains of sand, ever encroaching. "Secret Rendezvous" is marked by the same ability to convey vivid viscerality thru the use of detail, narrative rhythm, and the careful cultivation of image, but in some important ways this book fails to bring its sense of confusion beyond much more than muddled mystery.

This book invokes a claustrophobic sense of bureaucratic ambivalence, existential bewilderment and ethical ambiguity, all complicated by veiled and bizarre sexual depravity. This is a dark and increasingly surreal book. If it fails to be deeply disturbing, it seems only because certain elements and characters are not presented with enough clarity to give their confusions full resonance. Despite this, the novel is effective in exploring the mind's capacity for self-deception, and finds a certain manic comedy in our capacity to shape reality according to our delusions.

I find this to be a psychological novel of warped vision, insightful but difficult to read. Once in the concrete corridor of my apartment building, I found a praying mantis, apparently lost. I tried to escort him out a window, but he retreated and I was forced to leave him be. Weeks later, amongst a tangle of dust and hair, I saw the mantis' stiffened carcass, and when I tried to imagine the last weeks of his life, wandering in that empty concrete hollow, I was vividly reminded of this book...
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Kodansha USA Inc; First Edition Thus edition (July 1, 1993)
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