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Author Kobo Abe’s letters found at brother’s home in Sapporo
Letters and other memorabilia of the late prize-winning author Kobo Abe (1924-1993) have been found at his brother’s home, providing valuable data on his inner thoughts and literary activities.
In a postcard dated June 1949, Abe wrote about his novel, titled “Dendorokakariya” (Dendrocacalia), describing it as “something like a nursery tale for adults in which a human being becomes a tree. … I’ve gained confidence technically as well.” He continues, “Once it’s released, I assume this novel will stir controversy.” The novel heralded the series of his work depicting human beings transforming into another forms.
In another postcard dated November the same year, Abe wrote, “I’m devoting myself to writing, sitting up all night almost every day. My novels are getting more and more weird. The worse my reputation becomes, the more nonsense I will write. (Curse words)”