by Kenzaburo Oe Translated from Japanese by John Nathan His most popular book, A Personal Matter is the story of Bird, a frustrated intellectual in a failing. 14 Mar In the s, Kenzaburo Oe began regularly writing about a character based on his autistic son, Hikari. A Personal Matter, by Kenzaburo Oe. KENZABURO OE’S A PERSONAL MATTER: A NON-WESTERN PERSPECTIVE. Hari Ram Adhikari. BACKGROUND. Among the recent developments in critical.

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If the reader is at all acquainted with Oe’s other books, or with Oe’s true ‘personal matter’ behind Bird’s crisis, it’s not hard to intuit that the author wanted and needed a simple structure, distanced from himself, to work out the anguish of his imagination.

Social relations are either violent or exploitative. I loved kenzbauro novel. Write a customer review.

Learn more about Amazon Giveaway. See all 63 reviews. Retrieved 24 November We should not be, but many times we are. Mtater, the protagonist, has a situation that worries most young parents. As the reader, I believed he was facing his personal issues and finding purpose in his life.

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At first, I didn’t always understand the roll of the other characters in the novel. Page 1 1 Start over Page 1 1. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Somehow I must get away from the monster baby. And what does one sometimes do with personal tragedy, we write about it. A Personal Matter Bird, the protagonist, is confronted by a grave problem, a problem that threatens his future freedom in life – a deformed baby.

I had read considerable French existentialism during my college I had never read Oe, although I was aware that he had won the Nobel Prize. And then I felt better: That was in It tells the story of Bird, a man struggling to come to terms with the birth of his disabled son.


Retrieved from ” https: What if part of you was like, this is going to screw up my vacation plans? This leads into my appreciation of the descriptive writing in this novel. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Chapters 9 and The Sea of Fertility, 1.

Oe explores how the individual jatter confronting life’s tragedies, in choosing his ideals and finding his “meaning,” overcomes humiliation and shame, gains self-definition, finds his destiny: While his wife is still in the hospital and the baby is clinging to life by a thread, he seeks solace by sleeping with a woman friend from times past. His first son, Hiraki, was born in with brain hernia; his fate rested solely on Oe’s decisions. The book takes place over a week or so, and carefully tells of Bird’s conflicting feelings about the baby and its probable impact on his life.

Neither Oe nor Sebald is bound to literal veracity, fact for fact, in their obviously autobiographical fictions. Anyway, his wife has the baby and the child has an obvious physical, and possibly mental, deformity. Pages with related products.

Oe Kenzaburo won the Nobel Prize in Literature inpersonap adds kenzabhro no enjoyment to his novels.

A Personal Matter

Maybe so; a deadly cactus. He wasn’t always likable, but at least he didn’t pretend otherwise.

Start reading A Personal Matter on your Kindle in under a minute. Deeply ingrained in the Japanese cultural imagination “Taketori Monogatari,” or “The Old Bamboo-Hewer’s Story,” is a fascinating piece of early Japanese literature, well worth the short read.


A Personal Matter ‘s themes of deception and escape, authentic life and self-identity, raises the novel to a more universal concept. Further suggestions might be found on the article’s talk page. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. Though you’ve missed the relationship of Bird with a woman with whom he was having extra-marital affair.

A Personal Matter by Kenzaburō Ōe

Also, some of the ugliness felt familiar, so again the author was incredibly brave to have been able to look that far into human ugliness possibly his own to come kenzxburo with this story. Although immediately afterwards, he suffers from a keen self-hatred. His writing natter wordy or verbose yet it hits the reader’s most vulnerable spot every time and makes one feel raw and cut up deep inside. I actually did appreciate Bird’s ugly, brutal, piercing honesty throughout.

A Personal Matter Summary

Pero el hecho de no haberlo disfrutado Raw, truthful, crafted, deep, beautiful and, if not life-changing, at least it will make an impact in your heart. Oe the man has been a difficult, eruptive, unmanageable person, whose identity-pains inflate to fill any space he enters.

So he gifts us with the strength to endure it instead. The book opens with him pining for Africa, perusing maps of the country while his wife is in labour. A Personal Matter Japanese: What would you think?

However, throughout Bird’s personal journey and the novel, the role of these characters becomes clear.