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Japan's Magical Realist.

Book critic John Leonard reviews The Ark Sakura, a new novel by Japanese writer Kobo Abe (Koe-boe Ah-bay). Abe's other books include The Woman in the Dunes and The Ruined Map. The Ark Sakura is a surreal vision of contemporary social and environmental problems.

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Other segments from the episode on March 29, 1988

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, March 29, 1988: Interview with Andrew Weil; Commentary on "bad" music; Interview with Ethlie Ann Vare and Greg Ptacek; Review of Kobo Abe's novel "The Ark Sakura."

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