Klara and the Sun

Klara and the Sun
Author: Kazuo Ishiguro
Pages: 272
ISBN: 9780735281257
Available:
Release: 2021-03-02
Editor: Knopf Canada
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER LONGLISTED FOR THE 2021 BOOKER PRIZE ON PRESIDENT OBAMA’S SUMMER 2021 READING LIST The magnificent new novel from Nobel laureate Kazuo Ishiguro--author of Never Let Me Go and the Booker Prize-winning The Remains of the Day. “The Sun always has ways to reach us.” From her place in the store, Klara, an Artificial Friend with outstanding observational qualities, watches carefully the behaviour of those who come in to browse, and of those who pass in the street outside. She remains hopeful a customer will soon choose her, but when the possibility emerges that her circumstances may change forever, Klara is warned not to invest too much in the promises of humans. In Klara and the Sun, Kazuo Ishiguro looks at our rapidly changing modern world through the eyes of an unforgettable narrator to explore a fundamental question: what does it mean to love?

Abe Sapien Volume 1 The Drowning

Abe Sapien Volume 1  The Drowning
Author: Mike Mignola,Jason Shawn Alexander
Pages: 329
ISBN: 1595821856
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Release: 2008
Editor: Dark Horse
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A century ago, paranormal investigator Edward Gray fought and destroyed a powerful warlock off the coast of the island of Saint-Sébastien. In the early 1980s, the B.P.R.D.'s newest agent was sent to retrieve the warlock's remains. But Abe Sapien is ill prepared for the dark forces that block his way. Written by Hellboy creator Mike Mignola, and featuring the haunting art of Jason Shawn Alexander (Damn Nation, The Secret, The Escapists), Abe Sapien: The Drowning is the story of Hellboy and B.P.R.D. mainstay Abe Sapien's first solo adventure. * " . . . this haunting trade by Mike Mignola and Jason Shawn Alexander will leave you gasping for air." -Wizard *

Abe kun s Got Me Now 1

Abe kun s Got Me Now  1
Author: Aki Iwai
Pages: 175
ISBN: 9781646595594
Available:
Release: 2020-06-23
Editor: Kodansha Comics
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Akari couldn't think less of her school's karate champ, Abe-kun, despite him being the national champion. He's giant, uncouth, and couldn't be more different than her sweet angel and childhood friend, Takuto. But when Abe-kun injures his arm protecting her, she takes it upon herself to get him healed—after all, the school's pride is at stake—but finds the tables suddenly turned when he confesses to her! Now she's the goal he's aiming for, and she'll soon find out how driven a national champion can be!

Abe kun s Got me Now 6

Abe kun s Got me Now 6
Author: Aki Iwai
Pages: 173
ISBN: 9781636991658
Available:
Release: 2021-06-22
Editor: Kodansha America LLC
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

With Abe's karate tournament safely a thing of the past, the scene shifts to December, which can only mean one thing...Akari and Abe's very first Christmas!♪ Abe wants to know what Akari's favorite thing is, so she proposes a game: if he can figure out what that is, she'll give him anything he wants. Surprising absolutely no one, the gorilla boy is all too happy to rise to the occasion!

The Frontier Within

The Frontier Within
Author: Kōbō Abe
Pages: 224
ISBN: 9780231535090
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Release: 2013-06-25
Editor: Columbia University Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Abe Kobo (1924–1993) was one of Japan's greatest postwar writers, widely recognized for his imaginative science fiction and plays of the absurd. However, he also wrote theoretical criticism for which he is lesser known, merging literary, historical, and philosophical perspectives into keen reflections on the nature of creativity, the evolution of the human species, and an impressive range of other subjects. Abe Kobo tackled contemporary social issues and literary theory with the depth and facility of a visionary thinker. Featuring twelve essays from his prolific career—including "Poetry and Poets (Consciousness and the Unconscious)," written in 1944, and "The Frontier Within, Part II," written in 1969—this anthology introduces English-speaking readers to Abe Kobo as critic and intellectual for the first time. Demonstrating the importance of his theoretical work to a broader understanding of his fiction—and a richer portrait of Japan's postwar imagination—Richard F. Calichman provides an incisive introduction to Abe Kobo's achievements and situates his essays historically and intellectually.

Secret Rendezvous

Secret Rendezvous
Author: 安部公房
Pages: 179
ISBN: 9780375726545
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Release: 2002
Editor: Vintage
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

As a jump-shoe salesman searches for his wife in a sinister underground hospital, his fascination with the hospital's strange inhabitants, including a girl whose bones are gradually liquefying, causes him to barely notice his wife's unspeakable circumstances. Reprint. 10,000 first printing.

Beyond Nation

Beyond Nation
Author: Richard Calichman
Pages: 288
ISBN: 9780804797559
Available:
Release: 2016-03-02
Editor: Stanford University Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

In the work of writer Abe Kōbō (1924–1993), characters are alienated both from themselves and from one another. Through close readings of Abe's work, Richard Calichman reveals how time and writing have the ability to unground identity. Over time, attempts to create unity of self cause alienation, despite government attempts to convince people to form communities (and nations) to recapture a sense of wholeness. Art, then, must resist the nation-state and expose its false ideologies. Calichman argues that Abe's attack on the concept of national affiliation has been neglected through his inscription as a writer of Japanese literature. At the same time, the institution of Japan Studies works to tighten the bond between nation-state and individual subject. Through Abe's essays and short stories, he shows how the formation of community is constantly displaced by the notions of time and writing. Beyond Nation thus analyzes the elements of Orientalism, culturalism, and racism that often underlie the appeal to collective Japanese identity.

The Face of Another

The Face of Another
Author: Kobo Abe,安部公房
Pages: 237
ISBN: 9780375726538
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Release: 1966
Editor: Vintage
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Horribly disfigured in an accidental lab explosion and rejected by and alienated from the rest of society, a scientist develops a perfect mask, one that provides a new identity that even his wife cannot penetrate. Reprint.

Kangaroo Notebook

Kangaroo Notebook
Author: Kōbō Abe
Pages: 183
ISBN: 9780679746638
Available:
Release: 1997
Editor: Vintage
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

An ordinary man finds himself caught in the power of bizarre and unpredictable forces when he discovers one morning at breakfast that radish sprouts have begun to grow out of his shins

Abe

Abe
Author: David S. Reynolds
Pages: 1088
ISBN: 9781594206047
Available:
Release: 2020
Editor: Penguin Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

"ABE is a cultural biography of Abraham Lincoln, following Lincoln's monumental life from cradle to grave while weaving a narrative that includes Lincoln's cultural influences and the nation-wide and regional cultural trends and moods and happenings of his day, and how Lincoln both shaped and was shaped by his America. The music, humor, literature, and fashions of the time and their impact on Lincoln's life are explored as well, and analysis of other important figures such as Lincoln's wife, his assassin, his professional partners, etc., also draw on this culturally focused style"--

Abe kun s Got Me Now 5

Abe kun s Got Me Now  5
Author: Aki Iwai
Pages: 174
ISBN: 9781646594184
Available:
Release: 2020-10-27
Editor: Kodansha America LLC
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Akari has a problem, and his name is Abe: the big-headed, bigfoot ace of the Karate club who's determined to win her heart! Despite her protestations, Akari finds herself warming up to Abe's feelings, and now the two are officially going out!♪ While Akari is adjusting to the whole girlfriend thing, the karate club is busy prepping for the upcoming fall tournament. But when Abe looks over the forecasted lineup, he takes off at an enraged run—heading straight for a second-year sempai's classroom! One thing's for sure: this monkey boy may have won Akari's affections, but the chase is far from over!

Masao Abe a Zen Life of Dialogue

Masao Abe a Zen Life of Dialogue
Author: Donald W. Mitchell
Pages: 479
ISBN: 9781462902613
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Release: 2011-12-20
Editor: Tuttle Publishing
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Masao Abe: A Zen Life of Dialogue is a compilation of essays that cover the life and work of Masao Abe, perhaps one of the greatest Zen Buddhist communicators of the twentieth century. Masao Abe has opened up a rich dialogue between Japan and the West. He is considered the leading living Zen figure in the Kyoto School of Buddhist thought and the successor of D.T. Suzuki, his early mentor, as the foremost exponent of Zen Buddhism in the West. Through stories and recollections, thirty-five leading intellectual figures explore Abe’s encounter with the West, including his work on interfaith dialogue as a basis for world peace as well as his comparative philosophical scholarship over the past thirty years. This book is a retrospective and an extra ordinary step ahead in the encounter between Zen and the West.

The Woman in the Dunes

The Woman in the Dunes
Author: 安部公房
Pages: 239
ISBN: 9780679733782
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Release: 1991
Editor: Vintage
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The inhabitants of a remote seaside village imprison a Japanese biologist in a deep sand pit

Old Abe

Old Abe
Author: John Cribb
Pages: 400
ISBN: 1645720160
Available:
Release: 2020-09-15
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Old Abe: A Novel recounts the final five years of Abraham Lincoln's life, the most cataclysmic years of America's history. Bound to Lincoln's side, every page of this vivid novel details the President's struggles. We follow him as national tragedy deepens, as he struggles and presses ahead, and as he comes to life once again fighting to save the country. This story spans from the spring of 1860 in Illinois, to Lincoln's election and the calamity of the Civil War, to his assassination at the height of his power. During the war, death surrounds him. Lincoln walks the bloody battlefields of Virginia and Maryland. He peers down the Potomac River through a spyglass, searching for approaching Confederate gunboats that reports have warned him of. He feels death stalk him as one summer evening, a would-be assassin fires a shot that passes through his hat. At the White House, he weeps over the body of Willie, his second son to die in childhood. Lincoln tries desperately to hold the Union together, searching for a general who will fight for him. Amid national and personal tragedy, he struggles to find meaning in the war and bring freedom to Southern slaves. Central to this novel is a love story--the story of Abraham and Mary Lincoln's stormy yet devoted marriage. Mary Todd Lincoln's strong will and ambition for her husband helped drive him to the White House, but the presidency takes an incredible toll on her. Mary grows increasingly frightened and insecure. Lincoln watches helplessly as she becomes more and more emotionally unstable. He grasps for ways to support her, but finds no remedy strong enough to reverse the damage that has been done. As Lincoln's journey unfolds, Old Abe probes the relentless character and enduring spirit of America. This story portrays Lincoln not only as a flesh-and-blood man, but a hero who embodies his country's finest ideals. In the midst of America's most devastating tragedy, Old Abe captures the challenges and triumphs, the failures and successes, of one of the most famous leaders in U.S. history, who sets a divided country on track to become a great nation of the world.

Abe kun s Got Me Now 3

Abe kun s Got Me Now  3
Author: Aki Iwai
Pages: 173
ISBN: 9781646596607
Available:
Release: 2020-08-25
Editor: Kodansha America LLC
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Unable to outrun Abe's fast and furious declarations of love, Akari suddenly realizes that she returns his feelings... But unfortunately for her, Abe's performance at the school festival has bumped his popularity into the stratosphere! Now, hapless-in-love Akari has to face-off against hordes of monkey-hungry ladies for his affections—even though she and Abe are finally on the same page (or so you would think)! The chase-and-be-chased marathon of love continues in volume 3!

The Box Man

The Box Man
Author: Kōbō Abe
Pages: 178
ISBN: 9780375726514
Available:
Release: 2001
Editor: Vintage
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A nameless man who chooses to exist in a small cardboard box records life in the box and his observations of the world from its small window as he wanders the streets of Tokyo. By the author of Woman in the Dunes. Reprint. 12,500 first printing.

Abe kun s Got Me Now 4

Abe kun s Got Me Now  4
Author: Aki Iwai
Pages: 165
ISBN: 9781646597079
Available:
Release: 2020-09-08
Editor: Kodansha America LLC
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Akari always thought that Abe—the big-headed, bigfoot karate ace—was more trouble than he was worth, so she was floored when he suddenly asked her out! But Akari has gradually warmed up to Abe's passionate declarations of love, and their happy relationship has finally reached the starting line.♪ Little does she know that Abe is just as pushy as a boyfriend as he ever was before, and she'll need to put her foot down if she expects him to take things at her pace! The chase-and-be-chased marathon of love continues in volume 4!

The Ark Sakura

The Ark Sakura
Author: Kobo Abe
Pages: 384
ISBN: 0241454581
Available:
Release: 2021-04-13
Editor: Penguin Science Fiction
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The Abe Restoration

The Abe Restoration
Author: Craig Mark
Pages: 240
ISBN: 9781498516778
Available:
Release: 2016-05-12
Editor: Rowman & Littlefield
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Shinzo Abe returned to office as Prime Minister of Japan 2012, leading the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) for a second time. This book examines how Abe has sought a restoration of Japanese primacy at three levels: political, through the restoration of the traditional postwar parliamentary dominance of the LDP; economic, through his signature policy known as “Abenomics,” which aims to restore Japan’s economic prosperity and end decades-long deflationary stagnation; and strategic, in which Abe wishes to restore Japan to a prominent role in regional and international security by reinterpreting and potentially altering or even abolishing Article 9 of the constitution, which would allow greater deployment of the Japanese Self-Defense Forces. This study argues that Abe has achieved overall political dominance, being re-elected in 2014, and has passed controversial legislation allowing Japan to exercise collective self-defense, but it also contends that Abenomics has yet to lift the country out of its long-running deflationary stagnation.

Eva Evergreen Semi Magical Witch

Eva Evergreen  Semi Magical Witch
Author: Julie Abe
Pages: 400
ISBN: 9780316493864
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Release: 2020-08-04
Editor: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A young witch must pass a coming-of-age quest or risk losing her magic forever in this enchanting fantasy -- perfect for fans of Kiki's Delivery Service and Aru Shah and the End of Time. Sometimes all you need is a pinch of magic... Eva Evergreen is determined to earn the rank of Novice Witch before her thirteenth birthday. If she doesn't, she'll lose her magic forever. For most young witches and wizards, it's a simple enough test: One: Help your town, do good all around. Two: Live there for one moon, don't leave too soon. Three: Fly home by broomstick, the easiest of tricks. The only problem? Eva only has a pinch of magic. She summons heads of cabbage instead of flowers and gets a sunburn instead of calling down rain. And to add insult to injury, whenever she overuses her magic, she falls asleep. When she lands in the tranquil coastal town of Auteri, the residents expect a powerful witch, not a semi-magical girl. So Eva comes up with a plan: set up a magical repair shop to aid Auteri and prove she's worthy. She may have more blood than magic, but her "semi-magical fixes" repair the lives of the townspeople in ways they never could have imagined. Only, Eva's bit of magic may not be enough when the biggest magical storm in history threatens the town she's grown to love. Eva must conjure up all of the magic, bravery, and cleverness she can muster or Auteri and her dreams of becoming a witch will wash away with the storm.