Kenzaburō Ōe

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 · 20,806 ratings · 1,879 reviews · 108 distinct worksSimilar authors
A Personal Matter

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3.88 avg rating — 7,734 ratings — published 1964 — 67 editions
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Nip the Buds, Shoot the Kids

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3.81 avg rating — 2,881 ratings — published 1958 — 25 editions
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The Silent Cry

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3.85 avg rating — 2,295 ratings — published 1967
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Teach Us to Outgrow Our Mad...

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3.91 avg rating — 1,644 ratings — published 1966 — 27 editions
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A Quiet Life

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3.59 avg rating — 793 ratings — published 1990 — 20 editions
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The Changeling

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3.57 avg rating — 783 ratings — published 2000 — 16 editions
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La presa

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3.69 avg rating — 643 ratings — published 1957 — 24 editions
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Hiroshima Notes

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3.80 avg rating — 383 ratings — published 1965 — 10 editions
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Seventeen & J

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3.58 avg rating — 363 ratings — published 1963 — 6 editions
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Rouse Up, O Young Men of th...

3.70 avg rating — 428 ratings — published 1983 — 13 editions
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