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Japan, the Ambiguous, and Myself: The Nobel Prize Speech and Other Lectures

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In this one celebratory volume, the reader is exposed to the free-ranging thoughts of one of the century's most brilliant minds--Kenzaburo Oe, winner of the 1994 Nobel Prize in Literature--who offers his message for mankind as well as a selection of his most penetrating essays on themes varying from Hiroshima to the state of modern fiction.
Hardcover, 128 pages
Published May 1st 1995 by Kodansha International (first published April 30th 1995)
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Daniel Clausen
Japan, the Ambiguous, and Myself is a series of lectures (including his Nobel Prize speech) that discuss the current state of Japanese literature, his feelings regarding his own written works, the state of Japan in relation to the world, and Japanese consumer culture. A theme that runs throughout many of the essays is the spiritual and literary decline of Japan in the 80s and 90s.

You can read the nobel prize lecture here:

As one reads these lectures, one s...more
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Kenzaburo Oe es bien conocido por haber ganado el premio Nóbel de Literatura en 1992, siendo el segundo japonés en conseguir el galardón del gobierno sueco. Los pocos japoneses que lo han leído explican que el estilo de este autor es hermético, difícil. Tal vez se trate de lo que él bien llama “buena literatura” o 純文学, y una de las constantes de los tópicos en sus discursos en universidades americanas: Kenzaburo se queja de que el nivel literario de los libros pu...more
Hani Iskadarwati
Sep 16, 2007 Hani Iskadarwati rated it 5 of 5 stars
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I read this book during my commute time in densha or chikatetsu from/to Chiba-Tokyo. Kenzaburo approach toward self-introspective and psychological theory attract me with his crisp words of choice. Very refreshing! Like going to Sumida River,watching the Summer's Firework/Hanabi while wearing yukata and geta with a paper fan in your hand and sipping kakigoori/syrupi ice.
Barbara Auger
One of those inspirational books.
never read it in english.
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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 condens...more
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