A Personal Matter

Paperback | January 13, 1994

byKenzaburo OeTranslated byJohn Nathan

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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 "

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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 a...

A winner of numerous Japanese literary prizes, Oe came to manhood during World War II and the occupation. In college, he studied Jean-Paul Sartre and absorbed many popular leftist ideas. These influences appear in his early writings, which often deal with contemporary issues. With the birth of his deformed son, father and son became the new focus of his work. A blend of the personal and the political, rendered by a p...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:214 pages, 8.25 × 5.75 × 0.48 inPublished:January 13, 1994Publisher:Grove/Atlantic

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ISBN - 10:0802150616

ISBN - 13:9780802150615

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Rated 1 out of 5 by from I Hated this Book I cannot explain how much I hated this book. I'm an avid reader and chose this book because it had won multiple awards. The lead character is an awful, horrible man and the story is depressing. One of the worst books I have ever read; I wish I never had.
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