The Box Man, avant-garde satiric novel by Abe Kōbō, published in Japanese in 1973 as Hako otoko.A bizarre commentary on contemporary society, The Box Man concerns a man who relinquishes normal life to live in a "waterproof room," a cardboard box that he wears on his back.
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Kobo Abe, the internationally acclaimed author of Woman in the Dunes, combines wildly imaginative fantasies and naturalistic prose to create narratives reminiscent of the work of Kafka and Beckett. In this eerie and evocative masterpiece, the nameless protagonist gives up his identity and the trappings of a normal life to live in a large cardboard box he wears over his head. Wandering the streets of Tokyo and scribbling madly on the interior walls of his box, he describes the world outside as he sees or perhaps imagines it, a tenuous reality that seems to include a mysterious rifleman determined to shoot him, a seductive young nurse, and a doctor who wants to become a box man himself. The Box Man is a marvel of sheer originality and a bizarrely fascinating fable about the very nature of identity. Translated from the Japanese by E. Dale Saunders.
Use the arrow keys or the AWSD keys to move the boxmen to the floating cube exit on each level. Use the shift key to create extra boxmen that you can use to get to the cube.