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"Teach Us to Outgrow Our Madness"

♥ Book Title : Teach Us to Outgrow Our Madness
♣ Name Author : Kenzaburo Oe
∞ Launching : 2011-05-16
◊ Info ISBN Link : 9780802195432
⊗ Detail ISBN code : 0802195431
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☯ Full Synopsis : "The Nobel Prize–winning “master of the bizarre plunges the reader into a world of tortured imagination” in this four-novella collection (Library Journal). In this startling quartet of his most provocative stories, the multiple prize-winning author of A Personal Matter reaffirms his reputation as “a supremely gifted writer” (The Washington Post). In The Day He Himself Shall Wipe My Tears Away, a self-absorbed narrator on his deathbed drifts off to the comforting strains of a cantata as he recalls a blistering childhood of militarism, sacrifice, humiliation, and revenge—a tale that is questioned by everyone who knew him. In Prize Stock, winner of the Akutagawa Prize, a black American flier is downed in a Japanese village during World War II, where the local children see him as some rare find—exotic and forbidden. In Aghwee the Sky Monster, the floating ghost of a baby inexplicably haunts a young man on the first day of his first job. And in the title story, a devoted father believes he is the only link between his mentally challenged son and reality. “[A] remarkable book.” —The Washington Post “Ōe is definitely one of the Modern Masters.” —Seattlepi.com"Article| Kenzaburo Oe| Statement ..."

"The Novels of Oe Kenzaburo"

♥ Book Title : The Novels of Oe Kenzaburo
♣ Name Author : Yasuko Claremont
∞ Launching : 2008-12-01
◊ Info ISBN Link : 9781134118342
⊗ Detail ISBN code : 1134118341
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☯ Full Synopsis : "Ôe Kenzaburô was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1994. This critical study examines Ôe’s entire career from 1957 – 2006 and includes chapters on Ôe’s later novels not published in English. Through close readings at different points in Ôe’s career Yasuko Claremont establishes the spiritual path that he has taken in its three major phrases of nihilism, atonement, and salvation, all highlighted against a background of violence and suicidal despair that saturate his pages. Ôe uses myth in two distinct ways: to link mankind to the archetypal past, and as a critique of contemporary society. Equally, he depicts the great themes of redemption and salvation on two levels: that of the individual atoning for a particular act, and on a universal level of self-abnegation, dying for others. In the end it is Ôe’s ethical concerns that win out, as he turns to the children, the inheritors of the future, ‘new men in a new age’ who will have the power and desire to redress the ills besetting the world today. Essentially, Ôe is a moralist, a novelist of ideas whose fiction is densely packed with references from Western thought and poetry. This book is an important read for scholars of Ôe Kenzaburô’s work and those studying Japanese Literature and culture more generally."Article| Yasuko Claremont| Statement ..."

"A Healing Family"

♥ Book Title : A Healing Family
♣ Name Author : Kenzaburo Oe, Kenzaburō Ōe
∞ Launching : 2001
◊ Info ISBN Link : 4770027338
⊗ Detail ISBN code : 9784770027337
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☯ Full Synopsis : "Oe has written about the sorrows and satisfactions of being the father of a handicapped child, but nowhere has his writing been more personal than in this autobiography. Without diminishing the suffering of his family and son, he celebrates the victories that can be won and captures the healing power of the family. 17 b&w illustrations."Article| Kenzaburo Oe, Kenzaburō Ōe| Statement ..."

"A Personal Matter"

♥ Book Title : A Personal Matter
♣ Name Author : Kenzaburo Oe
∞ Launching : 2011-05-16
◊ Info ISBN Link : 9780802195449
⊗ Detail ISBN code : 080219544X
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☯ Full Synopsis : "From the Nobel Prize–winning author: “One of the great short novels of the 20th century” (Jonathan Franzen, The Wall Street Journal). Internationally acclaimed as one of the world’s most influential writers, Kenzaburō Ōe brings to the fore the post-WWII rage and anxiety of a decorous society in this “deathly black comedy . . . dripping with nuclear terror” (The Japan Times). Bird is an antisocial twenty-seven-year-old intellectual hanging on to a failing marriage with whiskey. He dreams of going to Africa where the sky sprawls with possibilities. Then, as though walloped by a massive invisible fist, Bird’s Utopian fantasies are shattered when his wife gives birth to what he calls their “monster baby.” Now, Bird is left with one question: How can he and his wife spend the rest of their lives with this damaged thing clinging to their backs? As shameful, disgraceful, and unthinkable a desire as it is, Bird has an answer. Not sealed. Not just yet. Not before Bird flees on a bender of indiscriminate (and frustratingly impotent) sex, hard liquor, self-delusion, and most terrifying of all—self-discovery. “[I’d] forgotten just how crazy it is . . . It feels so much like life to me . . . it tells me that Ōe is onto something correct. People don’t want to deal with reality.” —Jonathan Franzen, The Wall Street Journal “Very close to a perfect contemporary novel.” —The New York Times “An astonishing novel.” —Mother Jones"Article| Kenzaburo Oe| Statement ..."

"Death by Water"

♥ Book Title : Death by Water
♣ Name Author : Kenzaburo Oe
∞ Launching : 2016-10-04
◊ Info ISBN Link : 0802125530
⊗ Detail ISBN code : 9780802125538
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☯ Full Synopsis : "Nobel Prize winner Kenzaburo Oe is internationally acclaimed for his groundbreaking, incisive examination of humanity’s struggle through modernity. In Death by Water, his recurring protagonist and literary alter ego returns to his hometown village in search of a red suitcase fabled to hold documents revealing the details of his father’s death during World War II: details that will serve as the foundation for his new, and final, novel. Since his youth, renowned writer Kogito Choko planned to fictionalize his father’s fatal drowning in order to fully process the loss. Choko has long been driven to discover why his father was boating on the river during a torrential storm. Though he remembers overhearing his father and a group of soldiers discussing an insurgent scheme to stage a suicide attack on Emperor Mikado, Choko cannot separate his memories from imagination and his family is hesitant to confess the entire story. When the contents of the trunk turn out to offer little clarity, he abandons the novel in creative despair. Floundering as an artist, he’s haunted by fear that he may never write his tour de force. But when he collaborates with an avant-garde theater troupe dramatizing his early novels, Choko is revitalized and he finds the will to continue investigating his father’s demise. Diving into the turbulent depths of legacy and mortality, Death by Water is an exquisite exploration of resurfacing national and personal trauma, and the ways that storytelling can mend political, social, and familial rifts."Article| Kenzaburo Oe| Statement ..."

"Nip the Buds, Shoot the Kids"

♥ Book Title : Nip the Buds, Shoot the Kids
♣ Name Author : Kenzaburo Oe, Kenzaburō Ōe
∞ Launching : 1996
◊ Info ISBN Link : 0802134637
⊗ Detail ISBN code : 9780802134639
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☯ Full Synopsis : "A group of delinquent boys are abandoned in a remote village during the Korean war and manage to survive by stealing food and hunting, only to face the possibility of death when the villagers return"Article| Kenzaburo Oe, Kenzaburō Ōe| Statement ..."

"The Changeling"

♥ Book Title : The Changeling
♣ Name Author : Kenzaburo Oe
∞ Launching : 2014-08-07
◊ Info ISBN Link : 9781782395621
⊗ Detail ISBN code : 1782395628
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☯ Full Synopsis : "SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2011 MAN ASIAN LITERARY AWARD Kogito is a writer, and is in his sixties when he rekindles a childhood friendship with his estranged brother-in-law Goro. Goro sends Kogito a number of cassette tapes onto which he has recorded reflections about their friendship. But one night, Goro's message takes a profoundly unsettling turn: 'I'm going to head over to the Other Side now,' Goro says, and then Kogito hears a loud thud. After a moment of silence, Goro's voice continues: 'But don't worry, I'm not going to stop communicating with you.' Moments later, Kogito's wife rings to tell him that Goro has jumped to his death from the roof of a building. Kogito begins a search to understand what drove his brother-in-law to suicide. The Changeling takes readers from the forests of southern Japan to the streets of Berlin in a profound exploration of the ways in which the past - both real and imagined - affects our lives."Article| Kenzaburo Oe| Statement ..."

"Hiroshima Notes"

♥ Book Title : Hiroshima Notes
♣ Name Author : Kenzaburo Oe, Kenzaburō Ōe
∞ Launching : 1997
◊ Info ISBN Link : 0714530255
⊗ Detail ISBN code : 9780714530253
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☯ Full Synopsis : "Hiroshima Notes is a powerful statement on the Hiroshima bombing and its terrible legacy by the 1994 Nobel laureate for literature. Oe's account of the lives of the many victims of Hiroshima and the valiant efforts of those who cared for them, both immediately after the atomic blast and in the years that follow, reveals the horrific extent of the devastation. It is a heartrending portrait of a ravaged city - the "human face" in the midst of nuclear destruction."Article| Kenzaburo Oe, Kenzaburō Ōe| Statement ..."

"ME: A Novel"

♥ Book Title : ME: A Novel
♣ Name Author : Tomoyuki Hoshino
∞ Launching : 2017-06-06
◊ Info ISBN Link : 9781617755569
⊗ Detail ISBN code : 1617755567
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☯ Full Synopsis : ""In Hoshino's dystopia, identities are fluid and any one is as good as another. . .Hoshino's ambitious novel is pleasingly uncomfortable." —Publishers Weekly "Hoshino's latest-in-translation (rendered by De Wolf) begins as black comedy and devolves into an antisolipsistic treatise on the impossibility of individual identity." —Booklist Online "Part existential fable, part 'Night of the Living Dead,' Mr. Hoshino's inventive novel, accessibly translated by Charles De Wolf, paints a nightmare vision of Japan's rootless millennials, who work grinding dead-end jobs that leave them little time for family or individual passions...At first Hitoshi and his fellow MEs are happy to band together against an uncaring world. But the camaraderie doesn't last, since every time one reveals a character flaw the others take it as an indictment of themselves. As the MEs' failures and weaknesses become intolerably magnified onto the 'living but useless rabble' they're gripped by a suicidal impulse that unleashes a crazed murder spree. The frenetic, knife-wielding finale reaches its climax in—a McDonald's, of course. None of them can think of any place else to eat." —Wall Street Journal, included in Best New Fiction column "The imaginative story of a rather unimaginative camera salesman, ME features Hitoshi Nagano; his troubles begin with his impulsive theft of a cell phone from another customer at a McDonalds. They end with a post-apocalyptic future for everyone in Japan." —New York Journal of Books "[Some passages] surpass even Kobo Abe. . .The author has leaped to a higher level." —Kenzaburo Oe, Nobel Prize-winning author of The Silent Cry, from the afterword With an afterword by Kenzaburō Ōe. Translated from Japanese by Charles De Wolf. This novel centers on the "It's me" telephone scam—often targeting the elderly—that has escalated in Japan in recent years. Typically, the caller identifies himself only by saying, "Hey, it's me," and goes on to claim in great distress that he's been in an accident or lost some money with which he was entrusted at work, etc., and needs funds wired to his account right away. ME's narrator is a nondescript young Tokyoite named Hitoshi Nagano who, on a whim, takes home a cell phone that a young man named Daiki Hiyama accidentally put on Hitoshi's tray at McDonald's. Hitoshi uses the phone to call Daiki's mother, pretending he is Daiki, and convinces her to wire him 900,000 yen. Three days later, Hitoshi returns home from work to discover Daiki's mother there in his apartment, and she seems to truly believe Hitoshi is her son. Even more bizarre, Hitoshi discovers his own parents now treat him as a stranger; they, too, have a "me" living with them as Hitoshi. At a loss for what else to do, Hitoshi begins living as Daiki, and no one seems to bat an eye. In a brilliant probing of identity, and employing a highly original style that subverts standard narrative forms, Tomoyuki Hoshino elevates what might have been a commonplace crime story to an occasion for philosophical reflection. In the process, he offers profound insights into the state of contemporary Japanese society. Charles De Wolf, PhD, professor emeritus, Keio University, is a linguist by training, though his first love was literature. Multilingual, he has spent most of his life in East Asia and is a citizen of Japan. His translations include Mandarins, a selection of short stories by Ryunosuke Akutagawa (Archipelago Books) and collections of folktales from Konjaku Monogatari-shu. He has written extensively about The Tale of Genji; and is currently working on his own translation of the work."Article| Tomoyuki Hoshino| Statement ..."

"An Echo of Heaven"

♥ Book Title : An Echo of Heaven
♣ Name Author : Kenzaburō Ōe, Kenzaburo Oe
∞ Launching : 2000
◊ Info ISBN Link : 477002505X
⊗ Detail ISBN code : 9784770025050
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☯ Full Synopsis : "This is the story of a mother's grief. Her divorced husband has died ofancer and her sons have taken their own lives. To escape her sorrow anduilt, she leaves Japan and travels to Mexico where she settles in a remoteillage."Article| Kenzaburō Ōe, Kenzaburo Oe| Statement ..."

"The Novels of Oe Kenzaburo"

♥ Book Title : The Novels of Oe Kenzaburo
♣ Name Author : Yasuko Claremont
∞ Launching : 2008-12-01
◊ Info ISBN Link : 9781134118342
⊗ Detail ISBN code : 1134118341
⊕ Number Pages : Total sheet
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☯ Full Synopsis : "Ôe Kenzaburô was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1994. This critical study examines Ôe’s entire career from 1957 – 2006 and includes chapters on Ôe’s later novels not published in English. Through close readings at different points in Ôe’s career Yasuko Claremont establishes the spiritual path that he has taken in its three major phrases of nihilism, atonement, and salvation, all highlighted against a background of violence and suicidal despair that saturate his pages. Ôe uses myth in two distinct ways: to link mankind to the archetypal past, and as a critique of contemporary society. Equally, he depicts the great themes of redemption and salvation on two levels: that of the individual atoning for a particular act, and on a universal level of self-abnegation, dying for others. In the end it is Ôe’s ethical concerns that win out, as he turns to the children, the inheritors of the future, ‘new men in a new age’ who will have the power and desire to redress the ills besetting the world today. Essentially, Ôe is a moralist, a novelist of ideas whose fiction is densely packed with references from Western thought and poetry. This book is an important read for scholars of Ôe Kenzaburô’s work and those studying Japanese Literature and culture more generally."Article| Yasuko Claremont| Statement ..."

"The Pinch Runner Memorandum"

♥ Book Title : The Pinch Runner Memorandum
♣ Name Author : Kenzaburo Oe
∞ Launching : 1994-06-08
◊ Info ISBN Link : 9780765634245
⊗ Detail ISBN code : 0765634244
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☯ Full Synopsis : "This is the first English translation of the 1976 novel by Japan's most daring and innovative novelist. Kenzaburo Oe dispenses with the unity of voice often sought in the conventional realistic novel by forcing the reader to come to grips with one of the basic questions in modern literature: What is the novel?"Article| Kenzaburo Oe| Statement ..."

"Escape from the Wasteland"

♥ Book Title : Escape from the Wasteland
♣ Name Author : Susan Jolliffe Napier
∞ Launching : 1995
◊ Info ISBN Link : 067426181X
⊗ Detail ISBN code : 9780674261815
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☯ Full Synopsis : "Lurid depictions of sex and impotence, themes of emperor worship and violence, the use of realism and myth - these characterize the fiction of Mishima Yukio and Oe Kenzaburo. Napier discovers similarities as well as dissimilarities in the work of two writers of radically different political orientations. Napier places Yukio's and Kenzaburo's fiction in the context of postwar Japanese political and social realities and, in a new preface for the paperback edition, reflects on each writer's position in the tradition of Japanese literature."Article| Susan Jolliffe Napier| Statement ..."