The Ruined Map: A Novel

The Ruined Map: A Novel

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by Kobo Abe
     
 

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Of all the great Japanese novelists, Kobe Abe was indubitably the most versatile. With The Ruined Map, he crafted a mesmerizing literary crime novel that combines the narrative suspense of Chandler with the psychological depth of Dostoevsky.

Mr. Nemuro, a respected salesman, disappeared over half a year ago, but only now does his alluring yet alcoholicSee more details below

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Of all the great Japanese novelists, Kobe Abe was indubitably the most versatile. With The Ruined Map, he crafted a mesmerizing literary crime novel that combines the narrative suspense of Chandler with the psychological depth of Dostoevsky.

Mr. Nemuro, a respected salesman, disappeared over half a year ago, but only now does his alluring yet alcoholic wife hire a private eye. The nameless detective has but two clues: a photo and a matchbook. With these he embarks upon an ever more puzzling pursuit that leads him into the depths of Tokyo's dangerous underworld, where he begins to lose the boundaries of his own identity. Surreal, fast-paced, and hauntingly dreamlike, Abe’s masterly novel delves into the unknowable mysteries of the human mind.
Translated from the Japanese by E. Dale Saunders.

Editorial Reviews

New York Times
A compelling tour de force...A horror story of such magnitude it stuns the mind.
The New York Times
A compelling tour de force...A horror story of such magnitude it stuns the mind.
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“A disquieting and original work of art.”–The New York Times

“A compelling tour-de-force.... A horror story of such magnitude that it stuns the mind.”–The New York Times Book Review

“An exciting, imaginative, and entertaining novel.”–San Francisco Chronicle

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780399504709
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date:
01/12/1981
Series:
The Perigee Japanese Library
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 5.00(h) x 1.00(d)

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A novel of ceaseless suspense.

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