Personal Matter

Personal Matter

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by Kenzaburo Oe
     
 

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Kenzaburo Oe, the winner of the 1994 Nobel Prize for Literature, is internationally acclaimed as one of the most important and influential post-World War II writers, known for his powerful accounts of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and his own struggle to come to terms with a mentally handicapped son. The Swedish Academy lauded Oe for his "poetic force [that]…  See more details below

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Kenzaburo Oe, the winner of the 1994 Nobel Prize for Literature, is internationally acclaimed as one of the most important and influential post-World War II writers, known for his powerful accounts of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and his own struggle to come to terms with a mentally handicapped son. The Swedish Academy lauded Oe for his "poetic force [that] creates an imagined world where life and myth condense to form a disconcerting picture of the human predicament today." His most popular book, A Personal Matter is the story of Bird, a frustrated intellectual in a failing marriage whose Utopian dream is shattered when his wife gives birth to a brain-damaged child. “In writing novels there is no substitute for maturity and moral awareness. Kenzaburo Oe has both.”—Alan Levensohn, Christian Science Monitor

Editorial Reviews

Life
"Oe Writes like a new American realist.... His prose is as direct and frank as an ice pick."
The New Yorker
"Oe's themes of abnormality, sexuality, and marginality are outside the tradition of Japanese equipoise... His work has a gritty, grotesque quality, which makes him seem more akin to Mailer, Grass, or Roth than to many Japanese novelist."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802150615
Publisher:
Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Publication date:
01/28/1994
Series:
Oe, Kenzaburo
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
214
Sales rank:
167,583
Product dimensions:
5.75(w) x 8.25(h) x (d)
Lexile:
980L (what's this?)

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Masao Miyoshi
"Without doubt Oe's awesome learning, frightening memory, complex ideas, unbridled imagination, resilient political will, and indiscriminate modesty tempered by absolute self-assurance make him the most formidable figure in the literary world of Japan now." -- Masao Miyoshi, author of Off Center: Power and Culture Relations between Japan and the United States
Kazuo Ishiguro
"In Oe's books, everything has a peculiar sense of humor that is always on the verge of tragedy - a very dark humor." -- Kazuo Ishiguro, author of The Remains of the Day

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