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During the course of the year — if we survive — we will have tackled zombies, serial killers, ghosts, demons, vampires, and monsters of all denominations. I cringe whenever a character falls asleep and the story moves into slumber time.

My Year of Horrible Reading Week 1: 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 muner never collapses into sheer fantasy or mindless horror. His protagonist analyzes the properties of the sand, constructs hypothesizes, builds apparatuses, designs experiments.

The surface of the sand stood higher than the rooftops.

Anything might happen, but there will be no soothing return to reality, no awakening to dispel the demons. Dracula By Bram Stoker Week 2: This web site areja its sister sites may receive promotional copies of review items and other materials from publisher, publicists and other parties. Life imitates art, huh? When he refuses to assist in the sand removal and other household chores, the villagers respond by cutting off the supply of water. Instead he focused on writing, but his interest in science continued to find an outlet in his insect collecting.

I think, therefore I am cut asunder. Abe ranks among a handful of authors to win both the Yomiuri and the Akutagawa prizes—lucrative honors currently one million yen goes to the winners of each and with great prestige in Japan. Strangely enough, John Fowles was writing a similar novel, The Collectorat virtually the same time as Abe—in both works an entomologist gets caught up in the illegal detention of people.

To purchase, click on image. Rebecca By Daphne Du Maurier. By Clarice Lispector Week 6: Check back each week for a new title At length, all the houses seemed to be sunk into hollows oa in the sand.


Check out our sister sites: In a path atypical for a writer, Abe showed an early interest in mathematics, and later pursued studies in medicine. Ghost Stories of an Antiquary By M. This is my year of horrible reading. As it turns out, Niki Jumpei will find himself captured iobo kept, a human specimen trapped in the same environment in which he had hoped to be the collector.

Any account of the history of dreamlike fiction needs to acknowledge the importance of Edgar Allan PoeH. Yes, an element of horror was palpable, but you could also l these works as political commentaries, existential fables, or some new surreal style of writing that we have learned to call Kafkaesque.

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. The next day, the rope ladder is missing, and the teacher realizes that the villagers have no intention of letting him leave.

Yet no single interpretation does justice to this rich work. He eventually received a degree in medicine from Tokyo Imperial University, but reportedly did so poorly in his studies that he aren allowed to graduate only if he promised never to take a job as a doctor.

The successive rows of houses sank deeper and deeper into the depressions. Even so, the story relentlessly forces the reader to apply judgments and principles. Yet rather than undermining the Kafkaesque qualities of the story, this attention to logic and detail reinforces the claustrophobia and loneliness of the novel. He is expected to help the widow in the endless task of removing the sand that accumulates endlessly in holes where the locals live.

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The narrative now lacks motivation, drive and worst of all consequences. He has aspirations of discovering a new type of beetle, and thus achieving a small dose of distinction. 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.


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. On his way, he passes a bizarre series of makeshift houses, each sinking deeper and deeper into the sand the closer he approaches the shore.

Lovecraft and other literary masters of the nascent horror genre. 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 The Trial a tone and ambiance that was less easy to pin down.

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.

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

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The woman, for her part, welcomes his company and arna, and shows no interest in helping him escape or in leaving herself. Ted Gioia writes on music, literature and popular culture.

I am reading the classics of horror fiction during the course ofand each ,obo will write about a significant work in the genre. The author takes us to some hitherto unknown border- land, between the sober reality of the fully alert mind and the hallucinatory regions of our subconscious psyche.

One can construct other approaches to this novel. The Passion According to G. On his trip, the teacher travels first by train, then bus, and finally walks the final stretch to the beach.

A teacher Niki Jumpei decides to spend his vacation pursuing his hobby of collecting insects. He kovo to focus on sandy terrains, and thus al off for a different kind of beach vacation, with the catching net, jars and chemicals necessary for his quest.