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Personal Matter, a (1964) [Novel]
by Kenzaburo Oe Rating: Weighted - 7.9 / Average - 8.0 of 10 (1 votes) (Rate!)
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This autobiographical novel concerns a man dealing with the birth of a son with a herniated brain.

Original title: 個人的な体験 (Kojinteki na Taiken) [A Personal Experience]
Original languages: Japanese


Genre: FictionGeneral FictionLiterary Fiction/classics

Edition #1: A Personal Matter

A Personal Matter (1969)
Edition Details:

Language: English

Translated by: John Nathan
  • "One of the most exciting novels of the year." Saturda Review
  • "One of the most affecting and exciting novels of the year.... A Personal Matter is something very close to a perfect contemporary novel." Eliot Fremont-Smith, The New York Times
  • "Kenzaburo Oe has reached a new pinnacle in postwar Japanese fiction... he stands alone as the spokesman for our 1960's." Yukio Mishima
  • "It marks the debut in English of an astonishing Japanese writer whose books deal with postwar youth with such uncompromising realism that he seems to have wrenched Japanese literature free from its deeply rooted, inbred tradition and moved it into the mainstream of world literature." Robert and Tomi Haas, Saturday Review
  • "Oe writes like a new American realist... his prose is direct and frank as an ice pick. And his generation is listening." Webster Schott, Life
  • "Oe has captured the restless spirit that seems to be universal in young people today and has exposed the self-deception of those who think they can ignore society entirely and still live within reality." Cleveland Press
  • "...a deep perception of the contradictions within the human heart." Christian Science Monitor
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Manifested in:

A Personal Matter (January 13, 1994)

Format: Paperback
Publisher: Grove Press
ISBN: 0802150616
Dimensions: 5.8 x 7.9 x 0.4
Pages: 165

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