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The Ark Sakura

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The Ark Sakura

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Author: Kobo Abe
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf, 1988
Original Japanese publication, 1984
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Book Type: Novel
Genre: Science-Fiction / Fantasy
Sub-Genre Tags: Apocalyptic/Post-Apocalyptic
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A classic from the renowned Japanese novelist about isolation and the threat of a nuclear holocaust, The Ark Sakura is as timely today as it was at its original publication.

In this Kafkaesque allegorical fantasy, Mole has converted a huge underground quarry into an “ark” capable of surviving the coming nuclear holocaust and is now in search of his crew. He falls victim, however, to the wiles of a con man-cum-insect dealer. In the surreal drama that ensues, the ark is invaded by a gang of youths and a sinister group of elderly people called the Broom Brigade, led by Mole's odious father, while Mole becomes trapped in the ark's central piece of equipment, a giant toilet powerful enough to flush almost anything, including chopped-up humans, out to sea.


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