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INTER ICE AGE 4 by Kobo Abe. 228 pages. Knopf. $5.95.

Creator of a haunting Kafkaesque nightmare, The Woman in the Dunes, and an existential detective story, The Ruined Map, Author Kobo Abe has the traditional Japanese knack of taking familiar literary inputs and converting them into exotically fascinating readouts. His latest effort is a fictional foray into political science fiction.

In Inter Ice Age 4, sophisticated computers concur in predicting that "the future would see a Communist society" throughout the world. At the same time, however, the polar icecaps have begun to thaw, threatening another age of glaciers. How then will an...

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