(From the publisher):
The Silent Cry traces the uneasy relationship between two brothers who return to their ancestral home, a village in densely forested western Japan. While one brother tries to sort out the after-effects of a friend's suicide and the birth of a retarded son, the other embarks on a quixotic mission to incite an uprising among the local youth. Oe's description of this brother's messianic struggle to save a disintegrating local culture and economy from the depredations of a Korean wheeler-dealer called "The Emperor of the Supermarkets" is as chillingly pertinent today as it was when first published in 1967.
Original title: 万延元年のフットボール (Man'en gan'nen no futtobōru) [Football in the First Year of Man'en]
Genre: Fiction→ General Fiction→ Literary Fiction/classics