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The Ruined Map: A Novel

The Ruined Map: A Novel
Author: Kobo Abe
ISBN 13: 9780375726521
ISBN 10: 375726527
Edition: Reprint
Publisher: Vintage
Publication Date: 2001-12-04
Format: Paperback
Pages: 304
List Price: $16.95

Of all the great Japanese novelists, Kobe Abe was indubitably the most versatile. With The Ruined Map, he crafted a mesmerizing literary crime novel that combines the narrative suspense of Chandler with the psychological depth of Dostoevsky.

Mr. Nemuro, a respected salesman, disappeared over half a year ago, but only now does his alluring yet alcoholic wife hire a private eye. The nameless detective has but two clues: a photo and a matchbook. With these he embarks upon an ever more puzzling pursuit that leads him into the depths of Tokyo's dangerous underworld, where he begins to lose the boundaries of his own identity. Surreal, fast-paced, and hauntingly dreamlike, Abe’s masterly novel delves into the unknowable mysteries of the human mind.
Translated from the Japanese by E. Dale Saunders.

New York Times

A compelling tour de force...A horror story of such magnitude it stuns the mind.