1964 — As he looked up at the rim of the hole, faintly limned in the moonlight, he mused that this searching feeling of his was perhaps jealousy. — Kobo Abe, The Woman in the Dunes, Chapter 30, 1962. Translated from Japanese by E. Dale Saunders.
2000 — In telling these people's stories Mr. Butler draws upon the same gifts of empathy and insight, the same ability to limn an entire life in a couple of pages. — Michiko Kakutani, "Earthlings May Endanger Your Peaceful Rationality", New York Times, March 10, 2000