The Face of Another  

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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel

The Face of Another is a novel about face transplants written by the Japanese writer Kobo Abe in 1959. It was made into a movie by Hiroshi Teshigahara in 1966.


A plastics scientist loses his face in an accident and proceeds to obtain a new face for himself. With a new face, the protagonist sees the world in a new way and even goes so far as to have a clandestine "affair" with his estranged wife. There is also a subplot following a hibakusha woman who has suffered burns to the right side of her face. In the novel, the protagonist sees this character in a film; in the film version, this is deliberately obscured.

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