A Personal Matter

Paperback | January 13, 1994

byKenzaburo OeTranslated byJohn Nathan

not yet rated|write a review
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"

Pricing and Purchase Info

$17.66 online
$20.95 list price (save 15%)
In stock online
Ships free on orders over $25
Prices may vary. why?
Please call ahead to confirm inventory.

From the Publisher

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...

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 th...

other books by Kenzaburo Oe

Nip the Buds, Shoot the Kids
Nip the Buds, Shoot the Kids

Paperback|Jun 13 1996

$17.46 online$23.50list price(save 25%)
The Silent Cry
The Silent Cry

Paperback|Nov 18 2016

$19.55 online$22.95list price(save 14%)
Death By Water: A Novel
Death By Water: A Novel

Paperback|Oct 14 2016

$22.95

see all books by Kenzaburo Oe
Format:PaperbackDimensions:214 pages, 8.25 × 5.75 × 0.48 inPublished:January 13, 1994Publisher:Grove/Atlantic

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0802150616

ISBN - 13:9780802150615

Look for similar items by category:

Customer Reviews of A Personal Matter

Reviews