Kenzaburō Ōe


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

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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 condense to form a disconcerting picture of the human predicament today."

Average rating: 3.78 · 22,882 ratings · 2,109 reviews · 122 distinct worksSimilar authors
A Personal Matter

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3.88 avg rating — 8,431 ratings — published 1964 — 71 editions
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Nip the Buds, Shoot the Kids

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3.81 avg rating — 3,135 ratings — published 1958 — 28 editions
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The Silent Cry

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3.85 avg rating — 2,493 ratings — published 1967 — 32 editions
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Teach Us to Outgrow Our Mad...

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3.87 avg rating — 1,847 ratings — published 1966 — 31 editions
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A Quiet Life

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3.57 avg rating — 830 ratings — published 1990 — 20 editions
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The Changeling

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3.56 avg rating — 873 ratings — published 2000 — 18 editions
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La presa

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3.68 avg rating — 587 ratings — published 1957 — 11 editions
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Hiroshima Notes

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3.83 avg rating — 430 ratings — published 1965 — 10 editions
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Seventeen & J

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3.58 avg rating — 389 ratings — published 1996 — 6 editions
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Death by Water

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3.24 avg rating — 446 ratings — published 2009 — 18 editions
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