Kangaroo Notebook by Kobo Abe
A Novel

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In the last novel written before his death in 1993, one of Japan's most distinguished novelists proffered a surreal vision of Japanese society that manages to be simultaneously fearful and jarringly funny. The narrator of Kangaroo Notebook wakes on morning to discover that his legs are growing radish sprouts, an ailment that repulses his doctor but provides the patient with the unusual ability to snack on himself. In short order, Kobo Abe's unraveling protagonist finds himself hurtling in a hospital bed to the very shores of hell. Abe has assembled a cast of oddities into a coherent novel, one imbued with unexpected meaning. Translated from the Japanese by Maryellen Toman Mori.


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Published April 23, 1996 by Alfred A. Knopf. 183 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The final novel "completed" by the late Japanese surrealist author (d.

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From this point, the narrator's experiences grow increasingly hallucinatory as he is released into the world with nothing more than a blanket and a hospital bed, which turns out to be a remarkable machine with its own agenda.

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In a starred review, PW praised the ""outlandish shenanigans"" and ""grisly surrealism"" of this last novel by one of Japan's greatest postwar novelists.

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