A Personal Matter [NOOK Book]

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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 ...
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A Personal Matter

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Overview


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
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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."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802195449
  • Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/16/2011
  • Series: Oe, Kenzaburo
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 214
  • Sales rank: 163,955
  • File size: 17 MB
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  • Posted January 31, 2010

    How love trumps terror

    Oe writes honestly of a sometimes pathetic, precarious and terrifying route to an act of love. The protagonist's race to act in the end is a dramatic scene in a category all its own.

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