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Yes, an element of horror was palpable, but you could also read these works as political commentaries, existential fables, or some new surreal style of writing that we have learned to call Kafkaesque. Instead he focused on writing, but his interest in science continued to find an outlet in his insect collecting. My Year of Horrible Reading Week 1: Anything might happen, but there will be no soothing return to reality, no awakening to dispel the demons. On his trip, the teacher travels first by train, then bus, and finally walks the final stretch to the beach.

He is expected to help the widow in the endless task of removing the sand that accumulates endlessly in holes where the locals live.

On the other hand, I am fascinated by a certain school of modern fiction in which the whole story possesses a dreamlike quality.

You are invited to join me in my annus horribilis. This web site and its sister sites may receive promotional copies of review items and other materials from publisher, publicists and other parties. Any account of the history of dreamlike fiction needs to acknowledge the importance of Edgar Allan PoeH.

The surface of the sand stood higher than the lw. Ghost Stories of an Antiquary By M. Life imitates art, huh? I am reading the classics of horror fiction during the course ofand each week will write about a significant work in the genre.

One can construct other approaches to this novel. Here is the ugly flip side of Cartesian rationality: Contact Ted Gioia at tedgioia hotmail. The woman, for her part, welcomes his company and assistance, and shows no interest in helping him escape or in leaving herself. Other dream- oriented works settle for smaller effects, teaching us to laugh at the absurdity of the circumstances, but undermining the intensity of the story by the surreal tone.


Check back each week for a new title I cringe whenever a character falls asleep and the story moves into slumber time. The local villagers offer to put him up in one of houses in the sand holes for the night, where an obliging widow will look after him. When he refuses to assist in the sand removal and other household chores, the villagers respond by cutting off the supply of water. Yet rather than undermining the Kafkaesque qualities of the story, this attention to logic and arenaa reinforces the claustrophobia and loneliness of the novel.

The author takes us to some hitherto unknown border- land, between the sober reality of the fully lw mind and the hallucinatory regions of our subconscious psyche.

Kobo Abe’s Dark FableThe Woman in the Dunes

He decided to focus on sandy terrains, and arfna heads off for a different kind of beach vacation, with the catching net, jars and chemicals necessary for his quest. The whole setting is pervaded with a sick surrealism, yet Abe imposes on this nightmare an unflagging rationalism, even a scientific attitude.

Abe comes across as the anti-Aesop, the storyteller who insists that we learn from his fable, but in place of ‘the moral of the story’ leaves us with only a blank space. Lovecraft and other literary masters of the nascent horror mujef. During the course of the year — if we survive — we will have tackled zombies, serial killers, ghosts, demons, vampires, and monsters of all denominations.

La Mujer de La Arena

Ted Gioia writes on music, literature and popular culture. The successive rows of houses sank deeper and deeper into the depressions. As it turns muujer, Niki Jumpei will find himself captured and kept, a human specimen abw in the same environment in which he had hoped to be the collector. With no other options, he accepts their offer, and climbs down a rope ladder to the bottom of a deep pit, where he meets the widow, who proves to be a friendly if reticent hostess, and is invited to stay in her fragile, poorly furnished home.


Muner his way, he passes a bizarre series of makeshift houses, each sinking deeper and deeper into the sand the closer he approaches the shore. He has aspirations of discovering a new type of beetle, and thus achieving a small dose of distinction.

In time, Jumpei is forced to work and comply, at least superficially, with the demands put on him—yet he continues to plot methods of breaking out of his buried prison cell. At length, all the houses seemed to be sunk into hollows scooped in the sand.

Yet even well-read fans of literary fiction in the West will hardly recognize his name, let alone know his works. I think, therefore I am cut dd. Even so, Franz Kafka stands out as the seminal figure in exploring the broader possibilities of this approach, creating in works such as The Castle and Mujjer Trial a tone and ambiance that was less easy to pin down.

Carrie By Stephen King Week 5: Even after the final page, we are left feeling that, much like the hero of this story, even if we cannot rise to the challenge, we can hardly walk away. The next day, the rope ladder is missing, and the teacher realizes that the villagers have no intention okbo letting him leave. The Passion According to G.

In The Women in kujer DunesAbe repeatedly adopts a clinical perspective more commonly found in a laboratory than a modern novel. In a path atypical for a writer, Abe showed an early interest in mathematics, and later pursued studies in medicine.

By Clarice Lispector Week 6: Abe, in contrast, crosses over into dreamtime, bringing together the most incongruous and implausible elements into a story as shifting and unstable as the dunes it describes, yet presented with a rigor and attention to symbolic valence that never collapses into sheer fantasy or mindless horror.