Abe Kōbō (27 March 7, 1924 – 22 January 22, 1993) was a Japanese writer who was also a photographer and playwright.
- His name is pronounced AH-bay KOH-boh
- Following his father’s footsteps, Abe went to medical school. As the story goes, he was only allowed to graduate if he promised that he’ll never practice medicine.
- Some of the authors that were influenced Abe were Dostoyevesky, Kafka, Nietzche and Poe.
- Abe’s first published piece was the book Poems of an Unknown Poet (Mumei-shishū – 1947) which was self published.
- In 1948 Abe published The Road Sign at the End of the Street (Owarishi michi no shirube ni) which maked his transition into a novelist.
- Abe won international acclaim in 1962 for his novel The Woman in the Dunes.
- The author also started an acting studio in Tokyo, where he trained performers and directed as well.
- Abe was awarded the Akutagawa Prize for The Crime of S. Karuma (1951), the Yomiuri Prize for The Woman in the Dunes (1962), and the Tanizaki Prize for Friends(a play – 1967).
- Abe was nominated multiple times for the Pulitzer Prize – but never won one.
- Abe collobaroted with famed Japanese director Hiroshi Teshigahara on several film adaptations of his novels.
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