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By Kobo Abe

Kobo Abe, the across the world acclaimed writer of Woman within the Dunes, combines wildly creative fantasies and naturalistic prose to create narratives such as the paintings of Kafka and Beckett.

In this eerie and evocative masterpiece, the anonymous protagonist supplies up his identification and the trimmings of a typical existence to stay in a wide cardboard field he wears over his head. Wandering the streets of Tokyo and scribbling madly at the inside partitions of his field, he describes the area open air as he sees or even imagines it, a tenuous truth that turns out to incorporate a mysterious rifleman decided to shoot him, a seductive younger nurse, and a physician who desires to turn into a field guy himself. The field Man is a surprise of sheer originality and a bizarrely attention-grabbing delusion concerning the very nature of identity.

Translated from the japanese via E. Dale Saunders.

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Looking back, after wandering approximately this city, i've got the sensation that the outside of the field has turn into fragile and extraordinarily susceptible. definitely the city bears me a few unwell will. after all, selecting this position used to be partly the buyer’s concept, even supposing I did recommend it. My possibility is her hazard. on the foot of the bridge stands a stone Jizo, the mum or dad of useless teenagers, with a crimson flannel bib, it seems that put there in reminiscence of a few baby who died via drowning. there's a lately painted white signal beside a flight of stone steps that leads right down to a ship touchdown somewhat upstream, prohibiting taking part in within the water. yet thankfully the vinyl over the statement window has been moistened through the rain, and due to the pale matting impression, the visibility is greater. The concrete embankment alongside the canal cuts diagonally in daring aid around the window. The wan lighting fixtures of a small freighter at berth, wavering fractionally opposed to the present, spill over palely onto the sidewalk on the best of the embankment, and if an individual have been to cross by means of he will be as conspicuous as a place of ink on garments. There! A cat lower at once around the pavement. A stray cat with a dirty disheveled coat. it's obviously pregnant and has a bulging white abdominal heavy with its load of kittens. Its tattered ears endure the marks of scuffling with. and because i will be able to distinguish such information, whilst my pen glides alongside, probably i want now not be neurotic. it doesn't matter what, the client, whether she desires to, won’t manage to take me abruptly all that simply. after all, what i would like such a lot of all is for her to return the following of her personal accord as she promised. yet as you notice, an excessive amount of is obscure. I can’t understand—fifty thousand yen for this box—and why might she are looking to negotiate in a spot like this? There’s no cause to think her, neither is there any to doubt her. There’s no cause to doubt, neither is there to think. A slim obvious, ephemeral neck. besides there’s not anything greater than being on my protect. for this reason my little safeguard gadget. If worst involves worst, I intend to go away those notes as proof. no matter what loss of life I meet, i've got no hope for suicide. If I die it won’t be suicide even by means of mistake, yet certainly foul play. regardless of how a lot one rejects the realm and disappears from it by means of moving into a field, primarily a field is di … (Stop. Out of ink. i am getting an outdated pencil from my bag. and a part mins to sharpen it. thankfully i have never but been killed. As facts, i've got replaced from a ballpoint pen to a pencil, yet my writing is strictly similar to earlier than. ) Now what's it i began to jot down? the very last thing I wrote used to be might be the 1st letters of “different. ” maybe I intended to jot down: “A field guy isn't the same as a vagrant,” or whatever like that. in fact, so far as society is worried they it seems that don’t distinguish very essentially among the 2, up to field males do. certainly, they've got now not a number of issues in universal. for instance, now not having an I. D. card, or a career, or a longtime position of place of dwelling, or indication of brand or age, or a collection time or position for consuming and drowsing.

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