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Kangaroo Notebook
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Kangaroo Notebook

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Author: Kobo Abe
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf, 1996
Original Japanese publication, 1991
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Book Type: Novel
Genre: Fantasy
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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 one 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.


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