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Kenzaburō Ōe (1935–2023)

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About the Author

Kenzaburo Oe was born on January 31, 1935. He was born in a small village on the island of Shikoku, Japan. A winner of numerous Japanese literary prizes, Oe came to manhood during World War II and the occupation. At Tokyo University, Oe studied Jean-Paul Sartre and absorbed many popular leftist näytä lisää 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. In his two books, A Personal Matter (1964) and A Healing Family (1996), Oe describes the pain involved with accepting his brain-damaged son and the small victories involved their lives as his son progressed. In 1994, Oe won the Nobel Prize for Literature. (Bowker Author Biography) näytä vähemmän
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Tekijän teokset

A Personal Matter (1964) 1,824 kappaletta
Nip the Buds, Shoot the Kids (1958) 944 kappaletta
The Silent Cry (1974) 927 kappaletta
A Quiet Life (1990) 315 kappaletta
The Changeling (2000) 275 kappaletta
Somersault (2003) 275 kappaletta
Hiroshima Notes (1965) 197 kappaletta
The Crazy Iris and Other Stories of the Atomic Aftermath (1984) — Toimittaja — 170 kappaletta
Death by Water (2009) 147 kappaletta
Seventeen and J: Two Novels (1961) 144 kappaletta
De hoogmoedige doden (1970) 116 kappaletta
The Catch: and other War Stories (1957) 114 kappaletta
An Echo of Heaven (1989) 96 kappaletta
M/T ja kertomus metsän ihmeestä (1986) 79 kappaletta
A Healing Family (1995) 63 kappaletta
The Pinch Runner Memorandum (1994) 61 kappaletta
The Day He Himself Shall Wipe My Tears Away (1972) — Tekijä — 57 kappaletta
Gibiers d'élevage (2002) 55 kappaletta
Gli anni della nostalgia (1987) 28 kappaletta
Det visa regnträdet (1989) 28 kappaletta
Adieu, mon livre ! (2005) 18 kappaletta
La vergine eterna (2011) 16 kappaletta
Seventeen (2011) 12 kappaletta
Great Day (1995) 9 kappaletta
Schreeuwen in de nacht (1962) 8 kappaletta
Il figlio dell'imperatore (1961) 8 kappaletta
Japans verhaal elf moderne Japanse verhalen (1983) — Avustaja — 8 kappaletta
Fire From The Ashes (2007) 8 kappaletta
The 200 Year Old Child (2003) 7 kappaletta
性的人間 (新潮文庫) (1968) 5 kappaletta
Notes d'Okinawa (1970) 5 kappaletta
われらの時代 (1963) 5 kappaletta
האילוף : סיפורים (2000) 4 kappaletta
Mladík, který se opozdil (1962) 4 kappaletta
Aghwee the Sky Monster (1977) 3 kappaletta
Und plötzlich stumm (1994) 3 kappaletta
宙返り 上 (1999) 3 kappaletta
Un amor especial (2012) 3 kappaletta
揺れ動く (1998) 3 kappaletta
A Quiet Life 2 kappaletta
鎖国してはならない (2001) 2 kappaletta
Prize Stock 2 kappaletta
Œuvres (2016) 2 kappaletta
Okinawa Nōto (1970) 2 kappaletta
JEDNOSTAVAN ZIVOT (2008) 2 kappaletta
「自分の木」の下で (2001) 2 kappaletta
恢復する家族 (1995) 2 kappaletta
宙返り 下 (1999) 2 kappaletta
Sessiz çığlık (1995) 2 kappaletta
Morte Pela Água (2017) 2 kappaletta
Renacimiento 1 kappale
Tribu bêlante 1 kappale
Ooka Shohei no sekai (1989) 1 kappale
La profondità dell'acqua (2018) 1 kappale
Captura, La 1 kappale
Una famiglia 1 kappale
讀書人 : 讀書講義 (2000) 1 kappale
Muerte por agua 1 kappale
El grito silencioso (2012) 1 kappale

Associated Works

Telling Tales (2004) — Avustaja — 341 kappaletta
The Oxford Book of Japanese Short Stories (1997) — Avustaja — 225 kappaletta
Black Water 2: More Tales of the Fantastic (1990) — Avustaja — 152 kappaletta
The Mark Twain Anthology: Great Writers on His Life and Work (2010) — Avustaja — 138 kappaletta
Granta 107: Summer Reading (2009) — Avustaja — 99 kappaletta
ME (2017) — Jälkisanat, eräät painokset45 kappaletta
New Writing in Japan (1972) — Avustaja — 22 kappaletta
Nobel Writers on Writing (2000) — Avustaja — 14 kappaletta
De Japanse herfst : moderne Japanse verhalen (1989) — Tekijä — 11 kappaletta
Grand Street 63: Crossing the Line (Winter 1998) (1900) — Avustaja — 7 kappaletta
Cień Wschodzącego Słońca — Avustaja, eräät painokset2 kappaletta
すばる 2008年 02月号 [雑誌] — Avustaja — 1 kappale
群像 2012年 03月号 [雑誌] (2012) — Avustaja — 1 kappale
Neue Rundschau 1/80 — Tekijä — 1 kappale
音,沈黙と測りあえるほどに (1971) — Esipuhe, eräät painokset1 kappale
星の文学館 銀河も彗星も — Avustaja — 1 kappale
群像 2008年 05月号 [雑誌] (2008) — Avustaja — 1 kappale
新潮 2011年 01月号 [雑誌] (2010) — Avustaja — 1 kappale
群像 2011年 07月号 [雑誌] (2011) — Avustaja — 1 kappale
群像 2012年 02月号 [雑誌] (2011) — Avustaja — 1 kappale
群像 2012年 04月号 [雑誌] (2012) — Avustaja — 1 kappale
文芸 1969年5月号 — Avustaja — 1 kappale
群像 2012年 06月号 [雑誌] (2012) — Avustaja — 1 kappale
群像 2012年 08月号 [雑誌] (2012) — Avustaja — 1 kappale
群像 2012年 09月号 [雑誌] (2012) — Avustaja — 1 kappale
群像 2012年 10月号 [雑誌] (2012) — Avustaja — 1 kappale
新潮 2014年 06月号 [雑誌] (2014) — Avustaja — 1 kappale
現代詩手帖 1965年 07月号 — Avustaja — 1 kappale
文芸 2015 年 02 月号 [雑誌] (2015) — Avustaja — 1 kappale
新潮 2010年 03月号 [雑誌] — Avustaja — 1 kappale
新潮 2012年 03月号 — Avustaja — 1 kappale
群像 2014年 08月号 [雑誌] (2014) — Avustaja — 1 kappale

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Kanoninen nimi
Ōe, Kenzaburō
Virallinen nimi
Ōe, Kenzaburō
Ehime prefecture, Shikoku, Japan
natural causes
Tokyo, Japan
French literature
Oë, Yukari (echtg.)
American Academy of Arts and Letters (Foreign Honorary, Literature, 1997)
Palkinnot ja kunnianosoitukset
Nobelin kirjallisuuspalkinto (1994)



it upset me aside from the upsetting premise — a man tries to kill his infant son because he can’t handle having a son who is “deformed” — but because the way he finds redemption for intentionally trying to kill his child is via an abortionist(?) gay man he abandoned during school and his girlfriend (not his wife) who he probably (?) sexually assaulted. these two people are prepared to help him do something terrible (murder his child) but when he realizes they are "ugly" -- the girlfriend is mixed race and bisexual, the doctor is weak, gay, victimized, he realizes he doesn't want to be like them, even though Bird has directly harmed both of these people and fantasizes about killing his girlfriend, and then when he shies away from murder again, he fantasizes about beating her into unconsciousness and raping her then.

the language was interesting, i admire the skill of the translator here. it is not the japanese i’m used to reading (via translation) and i desperately want to know what Mishima said to Oë to get into a fist fight. a really nauseating novel — lots of vomiting, shame, assault, just hateful behavior. the language was wheezy, collapsing, slurring, and not just because the narrator, Bird, spends a lot of time drunk and throwing up. strange assortments of words and sentences like someone talking really fast and then gulping air, but all within a single sentence or a paragraph. the compacted timeline adds to this, the whole novel is 150 pages or so and takes place over three or four days.

I understand that trying to kill your infant child is something you spend the rest of your life trying to get over but I don't want to take part in that any longer, and most if not all of Oë's fiction has his disabled child in it as a character. I'll read more Oë but not anymore of his fiction.
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adaorhell | 36 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Dec 8, 2023 |
I really liked A Personal Matter, but I couldn't read more than about 20 pages of this.
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lschiff | 6 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Sep 24, 2023 |
Un profesor divorciado de mediana edad regresa a Tokio tras pasar quince años impartiendo clases en una universidad americana, para ser sometido a una arriesgada operación. El recuerdo de un antiguo alumno le obsesiona y decide dar con él. Cuál será su sorpresa al encontrar al niño convertido en un muchacho que trabaja para la facción radical de una secta religiosa, un peligroso movimiento que predica el fin inminente de la humanidad.
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AmicanaLibrary | 6 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Sep 11, 2023 |
No review - read too long ago to recall.
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mykl-s | 36 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Aug 12, 2023 |



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