Secret Rendezvous


In Tokyo, in the middle of the night, an uncalled-for ambulance arrives to spirit away a man’s wife, though she is perfectly healthy. He sets out on an epic journey to find her, around the labyrinthine corners of a strange and enormous hospital. Days into his search, having encountered countless strange characters, odd sexual experiments and the unmistakable feeling of being watched, he is suddenly appointed to be the hospital’s chief of security, and his new boss is convinced that he is a horse. Throughout it all, he will never stop searching for his wife.

ISBN: 9780241454619 Author: Abe, Kobo Publisher: Penguin Classics Publication Date: 29th October 2020 Imprint: Penguin Classics Cover: Paperback Dewey: 895.635 (edition:23) Pages: 192 Language: English Edition: Reprint Readership: General - Trade / Code: K Category: Subjects: ,

‘A gorgeously entertaining, provocative book’ Chicago Tribune

It is 4am when the ambulance comes to take the man’s wife away – although no-one has called it, and there is nothing wrong with her. As he sets out to find her, he finds himself in the corridors of a vast underground hospital, where he encounters sinister medics, freakish sexual experiments and the unmistakable feeling of being watched. Even when he is suddenly appointed as the hospital’s chief of security, reporting to a man who thinks he is a horse, he will not give up his search. Secret Rendezvous is a nightmarish satire of bureaucracy, medicine and modern life.

‘Reads as if it were the collaborative effort of Hieronymus Bosch, Franz Kafka and Mel Brooks’ Chicago Sun Times

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