Kenzaburo Oe, the winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, is internationally acclaimed as one of the most important and influential post-World War II. In the s, Kenzaburo Oe began regularly writing about a character based on his autistic son, Hikari. A Personal Matter, by Kenzaburo Oe. A Personal Matter by Kenzaburo Oe Kenzaburo Oe in A Personal Matter. “Bird, gazing down at the map of Africa that reposed in the showcase with the.

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Retrieved from ” https: Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. But eventually he decides to allow the operation and keep the baby. Maybe so; a deadly cactus. Oe explores how the individual in confronting life’s tragedies, in choosing his ideals and finding his “meaning,” overcomes humiliation and shame, gains self-definition, finds his destiny: From so much pain, so much humanity!

I hear you, I feel you. Living with a disabled family member, we come to know despair, but “by actually giving it expression we can be healed and know the joy of recovering. Bird, the unfaithful husband.

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Oe explores moral and philosophical themes as Bird has to make a choice to take responsibility or run away, to face or look away from perdonal atrocity; to make the decision that would result in his ‘vegetable’ baby dying with dignity, or being killed in shame – a decision that eats away insidiously at his sanity. I don’t know wha Imagine your child was born with his brain outside of his head.

Further suggestions might be found on the article’s talk page. If I don’t, ah, what will become of my trip to Africa? Browse all BookRags Study Guides. Published January 13th by Grove Press first published Anyway, this is the point where I put the book down because Ke really didn’t like Bird, and I felt so sorry for his wife and his new child.


By the end I came to care for Bird and not judge him too much. And so we proceed to wrap them up in the protective wadding of false pretensions, carefully hiding them away from the scrutiny of the rest of the world and more importantly, ourselves.

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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. Buy the selected items together This item: Embriaga-se e procura a ajuda de uma amiga. For example, here, while putting on clean underwear at home after a night at hospital, he is ashamed at the sight of own genitals: Compounded with his fear persoanl everything and his will to run from any challenge, he takes the baby left and right and tries to get others to kill it, as he doesn’t have the stomach to be evil to the very end.

At the same, kdnzaburo mere fact that Oe was able to illicit these feelings in me as strongly as he has shows that he is good at what he does. This is my first book by Kenzaburo Oe and I am not sure if this is the best book to make an opinion about his writing.

I had never read Oe, although I was aware that he had won the Nobel Prize. Raw, truthful, crafted, deep, beautiful keznaburo, if not life-changing, at least it will make an impact in your heart. View all 42 comments.

A Personal Matter

I’ve been to o places but not this dark, and it’d be presumptuous to think I might know what it’d bring out in me. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. In the face of his grotes You and I exist in alternate different forms in countless other universes Customers who viewed this item also viewed.


The story is essentially an extreme study of morals within the main character, who is a tragic character wh This was the first book by Oe that I’ve read, and it was fantastic. This study guide contains the following sections: The surgeon makes no guarantees as to the outcome, although there is a very good chance that the child, if he survives an operation, will be no more intelligible than cod in miso sauce.

Chapters kenzabuuro and The language was strange at times, though this is not surprising since this is a translation. This becomes a wonderful literary device to create tension throughout the story.

Although Japan in the early sixties places the action into a firm context, global upheavals of the old order the women’s liberal movement, political unrest in academia, the Cuban missile crisis give it matte appeal. We should not be, but many times we are.

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He is given a bottle of whisky. His primary feelings about the baby are shame and disgust. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it. Chapters 9 and What to make of a young man whose wife has just delivered their first baby while he was having a showdown with a street gang x who responds to his son’s physically appalling abnormality by kenzwburo on a rampage of alcohol and sex, eagerly awaiting news of the baby’s death?