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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 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)
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A Personal Matter 1,679 copies, 29 reviews
Nip the Buds, Shoot the Kids 892 copies, 26 reviews
The Silent Cry 839 copies, 9 reviews
A Quiet Life 285 copies, 8 reviews
Somersault 249 copies, 4 reviews
The Changeling 249 copies, 6 reviews
Hiroshima Notes 169 copies
Seventeen and J: Two Novels 133 copies, 1 review
Death by Water 119 copies, 4 reviews
De hoogmoedige doden 111 copies, 1 review
The Catch: and other War Stories 100 copies, 3 reviews
An Echo of Heaven 92 copies, 1 review
A Healing Family 60 copies, 1 review
The Day He Himself Shall Wipe My Tears Away (Author) 52 copies, 1 review
Gibiers d'élevage 50 copies, 1 review
Det visa regnträdet 25 copies, 2 reviews
La vergine eterna 16 copies, 1 review
Seventeen 12 copies
Great Day 9 copies
揺れ動く 3 copies
Aghwee the Sky Monster 3 copies, 1 review
宙返り 上 3 copies
Prize Stock 2 copies, 1 review
宙返り 下 2 copies
Œuvres 2 copies
Tribu bêlante 1 copy, 1 review
讀書人 : 讀書講義 1 copy, 1 review
Una famiglia 1 copy, 1 review
Telling Tales (Contributor) 314 copies, 3 reviews
The Oxford Book of Japanese Short Stories (Contributor) 211 copies, 5 reviews
Black Water 2: More Tales of the Fantastic (Contributor) 141 copies, 3 reviews
Granta 107: Summer Reading (Contributor) 95 copies, 1 review
ME (Afterword, some editions) 36 copies, 12 reviews
New Writing in Japan (Contributor) 21 copies, 1 review
Nobel Writers on Writing (Contributor) 14 copies
Cień Wschodzącego Słońca (Contributor, some editions) 2 copies
Neue Rundschau 1/80 (Author) 1 copy
音,沈黙と測りあえるほどに (Foreword, some editions) 1 copy

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