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Kóbó Abe

Datum narození: 7. březen 1924
Datum úmrtí: 22. leden 1993

Kóbó Abe byl japonský spisovatel, dramatik, esejista a filmový i rozhlasový scenárista. Je považován za nejvýraznějšího představitelem poválečné školy v japonské literatuře.


„Hrdinové tragédií jsou vždycky docela obyčejní lidé.“

„Každý má svou vlastní filozofii, která není dobrá pro nikoho jiného.“


„Dvacetiletý se vzrušuje představou, čtyřicetiletý dotykem těla.“

„Opravdu strašná situace je asi ta, o níž si uvědomujeme, že je strašná.“ The Face of Another

„Čím je člověk nedokonalejší, tím přísnějším kritikem má tendence se stát.“ The Face of Another

„Loneliness was an unsatisfied thirst for illusion.“ The Woman in the Dunes

„When I look at small things, I think I shall go on living: drops of rain, leather gloves shrunk by being wet... When I look at something too big, I want to die: the Diet Building, or a map of the world...“ The Box Man

„The most frightening thing in the world is to discover the abnormal in that which is closest to us.“


„Do you shovel to survive, or survive to shovel?“ The Woman in the Dunes

„One could not do without repetition in life, like the beating of the heart, but it was also true that the beating of the heart was not all there was to life.“ The Woman in the Dunes

„There wasn't a single item of importance [in the newspaper]. A tower of illusion, all of it, made of illusory bricks and full of holes. If life were made up only of imporant things, it really would be a dangerous house of glass, scarcely to be handled carelessly. But everyday life was exactly like the headlines. And so everybody, knowing the meaninglessness of existence, sets the centre of his compass at his own home.“ The Woman in the Dunes

„You don't need me. What you really need is a mirror. Because any stranger is for you simply a mirror in which to reflect yourself. I don't ever again want to return to such a desert of mirrors.“ The Face of Another


„Being free always involves being lonely.“

„Everyone has his own philosophy that doesn't hold good for anybody else.“ The Woman in the Dunes

„Still, the one who best understands the significance of light is not the electrician, not the painter, not the photographer, but the man who lost his sight in adulthood. There must be the wisdom of deficiency in deficiency, just as there is the wisdom of plenty in plenty.“ The Face of Another

„Suddenly a sorrow the color of dawn welled up in him. They might as well lick each other's wounds. But they would lick forever, and the wounds would never heal, and in the end their tongues would be worn away.“

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