A Personal Matter
Oe’s most important novel, A Personal Matter, has been called by The New York Times close to a perfect novel.” In A Personal Matter, Oe has chosen a difficult, complex though universal subject: how does one face and react to the birth of an abnormal child? Bird, the protagonist, is a young man... show more
Oe’s most important novel, A Personal Matter, has been called by The New York Times close to a perfect novel.” In A Personal Matter, Oe has chosen a difficult, complex though universal subject: how does one face and react to the birth of an abnormal child? Bird, the protagonist, is a young man of 27 with antisocial tendencies who more than once in his life, when confronted with a critical problem, has cast himself adrift on a sea of whisky like a besotted Robinson Crusoe.” But he has never faced a crisis as personal or grave as the prospect of life imprisonment in the cage of his newborn infant-monster. Should he keep it? Dare he kill it? Before he makes his final decision, Bird’s entire past seems to rise up before him, revealing itself to be a nightmare of self-deceit. The relentless honesty with which Oe portrays his hero or antihero makes Bird one of the most unforgettable characters in recent fiction.
Publish date: January 13th 1994
Publisher: Grove Press
Pages no: 165
Edition language: Japanese
, 20th Century
, Asian Literature
, Nobel Prize
, Japanese Literature
You and I exist in alternate different forms in countless other universes...At each of those moments you survived in one universe and left your own corpse behind in another.- Kenzaburo Oe: A Personal MatterBird, the protagonist, is confronted by a grave problem, a problem that threatens his future f...
لي صديق عزيز يخبرني بأن الكاتب يخرج روحه علي الورق وهذه الرواية هي روح الكاتب في وقت ما عندما خاض تجربة شبيهة لبيرد أو عصفور الأب الذي تدور حوله أحداث الرواية وهي ولادة طفل بعيب خلقي ، لذلك هذه الرواية معاناة ، ما الذي سيفعله هذا الأب عندما يولد له طفل بعيب خلقي ، هو يعتقدأنه لن ينمو طبيعيا ولن يكون...
What a disappointing read. We are immediately introduced to the protagonist, Bird, and his internal struggles: his wife is at this very moment giving birth to their first child. While this may seem to be a joyous occasion, Bird feels it is a symbol of his loss of youth and freedom. Bird wants not...