Kenzaburō Ōe





Kenzaburō Ōe

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born
in Uchiko, Ehime Prefecture, Japan
January 31, 1935

gender
male

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influences
Mark Twain, Selma Lagerlöf, William Blake, Jean-Paul Sartre, Hikari Ōe


About this author

Kenzaburō Ōe (大江 健三郎), is a major figure in contemporary Japanese literature. His works, strongly influenced by French and American literature and literary theory, engage with political, social and philosophical issues including nuclear weapons, social non-conformism and existentialism.

Ōe was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1994 for creating "an imagined world, where life and myth condense to form a disconcerting picture of the human predicament today."


Average rating: 3.81 · 11,764 ratings · 985 reviews · 106 distinct works · Similar authors
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The Silent Cry
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Hiroshima Notes
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3.76 of 5 stars 3.76 avg rating — 215 ratings — published 1965 — 9 editions
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Seventeen & J
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La presa
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“The dead can survive as part of the lives of those that still live.”
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“It takes a person of great care and insight to watch for any abnormality in the green grass even while it grows abundantly and healthily.”
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“Understanding comes hard to persons of high rank who are accustomed to phony lifestyles that involve no daily work.”
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