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Kóbó Abe

Dátum narodenia: 7. marec 1924
Dátum úmrtia: 22. január 1993

Kóbó Abe, vlastným menom Kimifusa Abe bol japonský spisovateľ a dramatik. Jeho tvorba vykazuje vplyv F. Kafku a známky vedeckej fantastiky. V slovenskom jazyku bol vydaný jeho román Žena z dún.

„Hrdinovia tragédií sú vždy iba obyčajní ľudia.“

„Loneliness was an unsatisfied thirst for illusion.“ The Woman in the Dunes

„When I look at small things, I think I shall go on living: drops of rain, leather gloves shrunk by being wet... When I look at something too big, I want to die: the Diet Building, or a map of the world...“ The Box Man

„The most frightening thing in the world is to discover the abnormal in that which is closest to us.“

„Do you shovel to survive, or survive to shovel?“ The Woman in the Dunes

„One could not do without repetition in life, like the beating of the heart, but it was also true that the beating of the heart was not all there was to life.“ The Woman in the Dunes

„There wasn't a single item of importance [in the newspaper]. A tower of illusion, all of it, made of illusory bricks and full of holes. If life were made up only of imporant things, it really would be a dangerous house of glass, scarcely to be handled carelessly. But everyday life was exactly like the headlines. And so everybody, knowing the meaninglessness of existence, sets the centre of his compass at his own home.“ The Woman in the Dunes

„You don't need me. What you really need is a mirror. Because any stranger is for you simply a mirror in which to reflect yourself. I don't ever again want to return to such a desert of mirrors.“ The Face of Another

„Being free always involves being lonely.“

„Everyone has his own philosophy that doesn't hold good for anybody else.“ The Woman in the Dunes

„Still, the one who best understands the significance of light is not the electrician, not the painter, not the photographer, but the man who lost his sight in adulthood. There must be the wisdom of deficiency in deficiency, just as there is the wisdom of plenty in plenty.“ The Face of Another

„Suddenly a sorrow the color of dawn welled up in him. They might as well lick each other's wounds. But they would lick forever, and the wounds would never heal, and in the end their tongues would be worn away.“

„He wanted to believe that his own lack of movement had stopped all movement in the world, the way a hibernating frog abolishes winter.“ The Woman in the Dunes

„Only the happy ones return to contentment. Those who were sad return to despair.“ The Woman in the Dunes

„What in heaven's name was the real essence of this beauty? Was it the precision of nature with its physical laws, or was it nature's mercilessness, ceaselessly resisting man's understanding?“ The Woman in the Dunes

„If there were no risk of a punishment, a getaway would lose the pleasure.“ The Woman in the Dunes

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