Kōbō Abe Juliet Winters Carpenter
Secret Rendezvous
August 17, 2018 Comments.. 683
Secret Rendezvous From the acclaimed author of Woman in the Dunes comes Secret Rendezvous the bizarrely erotic and comic adventures of a man searching for his missing wife in a mysteriously vast underground hospital F

  • Title: Secret Rendezvous
  • Author: Kōbō Abe Juliet Winters Carpenter
  • ISBN: 9780375726545
  • Page: 410
  • Format: Paperback
  • From the acclaimed author of Woman in the Dunes comes Secret Rendezvous, the bizarrely erotic and comic adventures of a man searching for his missing wife in a mysteriously vast underground hospital.From the moment that an ambulance appears in the middle of the night to take his wife, who protests that she is perfectly healthy, her bewildered husband realizes that things aFrom the acclaimed author of Woman in the Dunes comes Secret Rendezvous, the bizarrely erotic and comic adventures of a man searching for his missing wife in a mysteriously vast underground hospital.From the moment that an ambulance appears in the middle of the night to take his wife, who protests that she is perfectly healthy, her bewildered husband realizes that things are not as they should be His covert explorations reveal that the enormous hospital she was taken to is home to a network of constant surveillance, outlandish sex experiments, and an array of very odd and even violent characters Within a few days, though no closer to finding his wife, the unnamed narrator finds himself appointed the hospital s chief of security, reporting to a man who thinks he s a horse With its nightmarish vision of modern medicine and modern life, Secret Rendezvous is another masterpiece from Japan s most gifted and original writer of serious fiction.

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    1. Fernando says:

      "Un camino de serpientes sólo te lleva a más serpientes."Leer a Kobo Abe es muy gratificante para mí. Tuve la suerte de saber de él en una revista literaria y me atrajo en forma inmediata. La reseña de su libro “Los cuentos siniestros”, que poseo, leí y disfruté con avidez, lo calificaba, por la técnica de su narrativa como el “Kafka japonés”. Era evidente que me iba atraer su literatura y así fue. No me defraudó. Recomiendo fuertemente este libro de cuentos, del que pueden le [...]

    2. Sawsan says:

      بداية الرواية غريبة تشد الانتباه وبالتدريج تتحول إلى حالة من العبث والتوهان بين شخصيات غريبة الأشكال والأطوارعربة إسعاف لم يستدعها أحد تأخذ زوجة بطل الرواية التي لا تشكو من أي مرض للمستشفىلتبدأ المتاهة التي يدور فيها الزوج للبحث عن زوجته واكتشاف ما يحدث داخل المستشفىالروا [...]

    3. Nate D says:

      The back blurb describes this as satire. I sincerely hope that nothing in the Japanese medical system can actually be appropriately satirized in this form, because this book is horrifying. Secret Rendezvous is an unending psychosexual medical nightmare. It certainly possesses its absurdity, but it's that grinning death-mask absurdity that you don't want to meet on a dark night. The images, the deranged philosophizing, the very idea of getting trapped in such an endless hospitalized underworld. I [...]

    4. Nathanimal says:

      How could I not like this? Kafka check. Beckett check. Burroughs check. And that easy going Japanese narrator later associated with Murakami check. Oh, and of course being himself check too.I generally don't love books with huge libidos. All the masturbating and measuring of penises might've turned me off in another book. What can I say? I'm modest, maybe repressed, who knows? But this book seemed not to be so much about sex as the defamiliarization of sex in a modern bureaucratized, science-obs [...]

    5. Geoffrey Waring says:

      As bizarre a book as I can imagine, but somewhere in the middle I started to find it gripping. When they call stories dreamlike, people are usually referring to bizarre imagery or an ethereal atmosphere; Secret Rendezvous is dreamlike in a more literal sense, as it requires you to surrender logic to its own universe of signs and impressions. This can be hard to do. In the end, rather than a satire of the medical system (which is what the book's cover advertised), it seems to rather be a nightmar [...]

    6. Pete says:

      It warrants all of the "Kafka-esque" descriptions it gets. Unlike Kafka's characters, who never grasp the machinations of their world, the nameless main character of this book, at times, gets hip to the absurdity. As he does, however, he becomes deeper entrenched in the labyrinth sex research hospital, until his initial goals of finding his wife and returning home to normalcy become completely lost. The ending is still confusing me. It's lucidly rendered and absolutely disturbing.

    7. David says:

      I think this is one of the better Abe books that I've read, but I still prefer Woman in the Dunes and Kangaroo Notebook. Maybe even The Box Man. It hangs together better than some, but I'm not necessarily as interested in where it goes. Better than some, worse than others. Or, maybe it just didn't strike me as much.

    8. غَـيـن says:

      أول قراءة لي لكاتب ياباني صراحة لا أعرف ما هو سبب عدم استيعابي للروية أكان أسلوب الترجمة و السرد أم أن النوع من هذه الروايات لا يروقني لأني لم أقرأ رواية بمثل هذا الأسلوب لا أحداث تذكر مجرد تسلسل لحدث واحد ونهاية مبهمة تأتي سيارة إسعاف بدون موعد مسبق وتأخذ زوجته وتختفي الزو [...]

    9. Stephen Douglas Rowland says:

      This absolutely has to be the strangest novel I have ever read. How on earth Abe generated these ideas and had the gall to put them down on paper is beyond me. We have a shoe salesman searching for his missing wife in a labyrinth of hospital, a horse-man with two penises, a woman who turns into a quilt, an adolescent nymphomaniac whose bones are melting, and it's all wrapped up with a chilling denouement. I'm pretty flabbergasted at the moment.

    10. Matt says:

      This book is often compared with The Trial by Kafka, and like that book, I'd say that this one is strange, messy, and brilliant, weaving a tapestry of complex and sometimes perplexing themes around a simple enough premise - a man navigating a labyrinthine hospital in search of his wife who was taken there by two EMTs in the middle of the night. There's a noir vibe to the investigative aspect, and the book definitely shares some DNA with Cronenberg's Videodrome with its body horror element and pr [...]

    11. Tom Buchanan says:

      I liked parts of this. The parodies of hospitalization and medical fear were compelling, funny, scary. But it falls back on this trope of using women's bodies and sexuality as a device for body horror in a very problematic and brain-dead way. Basically the Harlan Ellison problem. So fuck that, but I would still be up for reading the Ruined Map or Box Man, I think.

    12. Razan Yousef says:

      بفهم شو يعني أدب سريالي، بس هاد الكتاب كان غرائبي و مش مفهوم بالمرة.البداية كانت مشوقة بعدين بلشت الامور تدخل ببعضها بشكل مقيت و ممل.

    13. Tarafa Shuraiki says:

      بداية وبعيداً عن رأيي الخاص بالرواية فإنني لا أنصح بقراءة الطبعة التي بين يدي، إذ أنها طبعت بأحرف صغيرة الحجم ليكون عدد الصفحات 180 لذلك أنصح بقراءة نسخة المؤسسة العربية للدراسات والنشر حيث يبلغ عدد الصفحات 290 وبالتالي ستكون القراءة أكثر راحة.يقول المترجم في مقدمة الرواية أن [...]

    14. Alexis says:

      i read this because the theater company i was working with was adapting it for a show. i'd never heard of Kobo Abe, but we all read a number of his works in preperation for this piece and i'm really glad i was introduced to his work. i haven't read Woman in the Dunes which is his most famous, but i have to say i was really drawn into Secret Rendezvous. it's incredibly bizarre and i always wonder with the Weirdness of east asain art - and Japanese art and culture in specific - how much of my imco [...]

    15. Gertrude & Victoria says:

      I found this work to be even stranger than his Kangaroo Notebook. With Kangaroo Notebook, the reader can easily distinguish the hellish underworld from the realness of the world above, at least to a sufficient degree. On the other hand, Secret Rendezvous merges the real with fantastical and farcical elements in such a way that leaves the reader perplexed. The former is fully bathed in absurdity, while the latter is only wet up to the waist.The first scene begins with a bizarre occurrence, when a [...]

    16. Sanabel Atya says:

      مممم غريبة! أول مرة أقرأ هكذا نوع خيال غريب غريب. الرواية الثانية التي أقرأ ل كابو،،بعد "امرأة في الرمال" ويبدو أنه يكتب روايات تدور في موقع واحد. أعجبتني امرأة في الرمال أكثر. كلتا الروايتين خيال غريب. كيف له -كابو- أن يُفكر بهكذا خيال؟ غريب هالرجل !لم أستطع أن افهم ما يُريد كاب [...]

    17. Joe says:

      Here the Hospital is the cite of Abe's existential mayhem--nary a chapter goes by where someone isn't watching someone else do it with themselves, an animal, or one or more other human beings. That this is a novel about sex and sexual deviancy and that takes place (increasingly hellishly) within the power structure of a hospital tremendously foregrounds the repercussions of treating desire as a strictly physical phenomena that must be treated systematically. Anyway, while one senses that a lot o [...]

    18. عبد الحميد بوحسين says:

      لن أكتب بطريقة متماسكة عن هذا العمل العظيم ،سأترك فقط بضع جمل كتبتها منذ زمن طويل بعد انتهائي من قراءة فاتنة رجل يكتب عن مراحل بحثه غن زوجته،التي اختفت مع سيارة اسعاف لم يطلبها أحدالحصان رجل مزود بنصف جسد سفلي لحصان،أصيب بالعنة لسنواتحتى استفاد من النصف السفلي النشيط لمدير [...]

    19. Oliver says:

      I think it is a wonderful concept and a great effort but really taps into some deep surreal themes very matter-of-factly which creates more confusion than closure. We're lead on a wild goose chase looking for a man's missing wife in a hospital whose director is a man who is also a horse - during his search the husband becomes head of security. There are many erect penises, sexual experiments and an orgasm contest for entertainment but the back of the book review says it is a mix of Hironymous Bo [...]

    20. Bianca S. says:

      Intrigued by the cover--I grabbed this book right up and off of a dusty shelf in a used book store. On a whim, I do things like this sometimes. I didn't even read a darned page in the thing, I was just intrigued by the cover. I shoved my ten dollar bill towards the teller and on my way I went. I don't know why I did it but I'm glad I did. This one kept me company on many a long train rides to and from my home and my homehome for a short while and is probably one of my favourite novels and a damn [...]

    21. Caroline says:

      5/5 stars for writing, but 3/5 stars for abundance of sexual deviance (a theme I generally find pretty boring, with no exception here). Looking beyond the sexual themes, I really enjoyed this book and found the pacing swift and engrossing. As a thriller, there is an excellent execution of information being revealed that then opens up new mysteries. I trusted that all would be known, in time, and went along for the ride. This is my first time reading Abe, and I will definitely read him again, hop [...]

    22. Christopher says:

      After falling in love with the Abe/Teshigahara film collaborations I was very eager to read some Abe. I think this was the wrong book with which to start. Disappointing to say the least. The only truly interesting construct, the tape-listening room, was sorely underused. Kafka/Brecht-isms aside, I found the book so vague and ungrounded, the protagonist a blank slate with seemingly nothing truly at stake, and the most boring sex torture/liberation hospital(!)imaginable. . Perhaps I missed the gra [...]

    23. FfRaNnK says:

      The story sounds straightforward enough - missing wife, husband following clues to find her. However being a Kobo Abe book it was never going to be that simple. The narrative swaps from 1st to 3rd person and back again, everyone is holding something back and the story keeps jumping forward and back. Most of the characters are extremely odd, complex and interesting. The story is very gripping and weird.

    24. Adam P says:

      His best book in my opinion. Very funny and scary

    25. Gabriel.G.Salt says:

      This was the first book of Mr. Abe that I've ever read and it never failed to expose the unique weirdness of the story's concepts. In a simple yet seemingly bland narrative and potent frankness on medical practices, the story's absurdity, for me can both symbolize and criticize anything in reality. In a symbolic way, you can interpret the labyrinthine hospital as a future world, a world where somebody supplies and shares someone of sensual affection. The man portrayed on the story was initially [...]

    26. Chris Cangiano says:

      Abe was Japan's answer to Kafka. His novels often focus on the mutability of identity and the existential absurdity of modern life. In Secret Rendezvous he turns his aim towards the modern medical profession. Doctors and patients are caught in an absurd, masochistic, mutually parasitical relationship. No one is cured, though whether anyone is really is sick in the classic sense is also questionable. Our narrator's wife is carted off by an uncalled ambulance (neither of them is rude or assertive [...]

    27. Vicente Ribes says:

      Kobo Abe nos presenta una surrealista y psicodélica historia en esta obra. Una noche una ambulancia llega a la casa del protagonista de la novela y se lleva a su mujer sin que esta presente síntomas de estar enferma. El hombre va a buscarla y descubre un hospital que es tan grande como una ciudad, se pierde en sus pasillos y descubre extraños personajes y demenciales experimentos sexuales.El libro es una paranoia y debe mucho a los ambientes opresivos y agobiantes que creaba Kafka. No es una [...]

    28. Christian says:

      Interesting mix of dark and absurd. After reading it, I started enjoying more of its dream-like world, but while reading, it wasn't a very enjoyable experience. The style of narration forces us to try our best to reconstruct what really happened, but at the same time the absurdity level keeps going up. It does have the quality of being "shocking" and it might have worked better 40 years ago, but contemporary readers won't be too impressed by craziness or weird sex and there wasn't much more.

    29. Andres Tejeiro says:

      Absurdist, erotic and at times political, this book is a really strong view of the way health is treated as a bussiness and how it changes and deteriorate the minds of the people involved, through a story filled with dark atmosphere and bizarre imagery. The controverted author works as a psychosexual criticizer of modern society in this book. Very mysterious and shady, satirical and comic; a unique tale which will leave the reader with a vacuum inside the chest by the time he finishes it.

    30. John Dolan says:

      Unless you are a die hard fan of Kobo Abe, you might want to pass on this one. Eccentric, phantasmagorical, somewhat smutty, and Kafkaeque it is, but for me it was also fundamentally lacking in dramatic tension. Such humour as there was, I had to disinter carefully from its shallow, cliched grave.

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