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Kenzaburo Oe, the winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, is internationally acclaimed as one of the most important and influential post-World War II. In the s, Kenzaburo Oe began regularly writing about a character based on his autistic son, Hikari. A Personal Matter, by Kenzaburo Oe. A Personal Matter by Kenzaburo Oe Kenzaburo Oe in A Personal Matter. “Bird, gazing down at the map of Africa that reposed in the showcase with the.

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Why bring a child — disabled or not — into this chaotic world? He half attempts pefsonal kill the child, albeit indirectly, and is forced to decide whether he wants to keep the child. With the birth of his deformed son, father and son became the new focus of his work. However, haunted by the ordeal of his dying child, Bird is unable to achieve an erection at the mention of the word “pregnancy” and “womb” uttered by Himiko, and ends up kenxaburo to the practice of BDSM.

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I actually did appreciate Bird’s ugly, brutal, piercing honesty throughout. This triggers in him a surge of anger which, in turn, transforms into intense sexual energy, which Bird eventually expends on Himiko.

The baby continued to live, and it was oppressing Bird, even beginning to attack him. There is no doubt in my mind that A Personal Matter is a skilfully executed piece of literature. Nothing simple for sure. Every one, especially every parent. Kenzaburo Oe was born on January 31, In his two books, A Personal Matter and A Healing FamilyOe describes the pain involved with accepting his brain-damaged son and the small victories involved their lives as his son progressed.


View all 8 comments. Pero el hecho de no haberlo disfrutado And so we proceed to wrap them up in the protective wadding of false pretensions, carefully hiding them aw Reading A Personal Matter is nothing less than an agonizing experience. Want to Read saving…. Hungover at work the next day he lectures at a cram-schoolhe throws up while teaching. He could develop normally, but there is still some chance he will have a low IQ.

I’m not trying to say that I simply didn’t like them or that they were horrible characters; I mean that if I knew these people in real life, I would likely be in I’m torn. So he gifts us with the strength to endure it instead. Yet at the same time he shudders in revulsion at the thought of having to kill a helpless, sick little child with his bare hands.

Return to Book Page. Social pfrsonal are either violent natter exploitative. Embriaga-se e procura a ajuda de uma amiga. Bird says he would not like the operation to happen, and he takes the baby. Bird thrashes about, like Japan at the time, risking everything and achieving little. His wife is in the hospital having a child, and Bird kenzabuto enjoying a mud bath of self-hatred.

A Personal Matter by Kenzaburō Ōe

The blurb on the cover announces that it is close to “a perfect contemporary novel. The book begins with Bird purchasing a map of Africa while his wife is in labor. The tragedy of a grotesquely deformed child, while disconcerting and disruptive to everyone concerned – family, hospital staff, employer – is no more than that. To ask other readers questions about A Personal Matterplease sign up.


But it seems that reality compels you to live properly when you live in the real world. I had never read Oe, although I was aware that he had won the Nobel Prize. Not a book, therefore, likely to be suggested reading by the Japanese Tourist Agency. He was born in a small village on the island of Shikoku, Japan. More summaries and resources for teaching or studying A Personal Matter.

The author won the Nobel Prize in Oct 21, Jim Fonseca rated it really liked it Shelves: This, in turn, makes him drive back to the clinic to save the baby.

The depth of thought, or lack of it, provoked by the situation is startling: In your opinion, does a vegetable suffer? Katter has happened to many of us who are weighed down by the ignominy we feel when the door to our lives is opened for all to see. Further suggestions might be found on the article’s talk page. Grove Press- Fiction – pages.

He feels reluctant at first, but then concedes and is able to achieve orgasm with Himiko. There, Bird finally realizes can cannot continue to run mahter the baby. Kenzaburo OeJohn Nathan.