Other Literary Forms
A man of myriad talents, Kb Abe first established himself in the literary world as a novelist, but his reputation rests almost equally on his dramatic works. His first published work, in 1947, was a collection of poetry entitled Mumei shish (collection of nameless poems). His best-known novel is Suna no onna (1962; The Woman in the Dunes, 1964), and his Daiyon kanpyki (1958-1959, serial; 1959, book; Inter Ice Age 4, 1970) is science fiction. Abe also wrote short stories, some of which are collected in Four Stories by Kb Abe (1973), political essays, screenplays, film scripts, and film criticism.