by Kenzaburo Oe Translated from Japanese by John Nathan His most popular book, A Personal Matter is the story of Bird, a frustrated intellectual in a failing. 14 Mar In the s, Kenzaburo Oe began regularly writing about a character based on his autistic son, Hikari. A Personal Matter, by Kenzaburo Oe. KENZABURO OE’S A PERSONAL MATTER: A NON-WESTERN PERSPECTIVE. Hari Ram Adhikari. BACKGROUND. Among the recent developments in critical.

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Not long after, Bird meets an ex-girlfriend of his, called Himiko, who has, after her husband’s suicide, become a sexual deviant and eccentric. And so kenzsburo 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.

I mean, fucking hell, get a grip. One of the students threatens to report him to the principal. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. Oe’s personal matter was the birth of his first child, a son, with severe brain damage.

Will read another one as well. Jan 06, Manik Sukoco rated it it was amazing.

A Personal Matter by Kenzaburō Ōe

The blurb on the cover announces that it is close to “a perfect contemporary novel. Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. That’s easy to explain. In the face of his grotes You and I exist in alternate different forms in countless other universes The only direction you need to take would come from the one who truly, personally matters – I chose you, dear father, to hold my hand, Let’s walk the same road.

After being told that he and Himiko should follow kenzsburo on their dreams of visiting Africa together, Bird receives word that his baby is almost strong enough to have the operation that may seal his brain in his skull properly.


These two beings are unquestionably connected. Thus begins Bird’s gradual transformation, which the reader witnesses with mixed feelings. What if you had a reaction like this, even a tiny bit like this? One can understand parent’s having to come to terms presonal a disabled child, but Bird realizes that now he has no prospects for persnal travelling to the African Continent, and worries about his Hospital Bills and financial situation. I don’t know wha Imagine your child was born with personall brain outside of his head.

I would like you to enjoy reading this and to draw your own conclusions. What to make of a young man whose wife has just delivered their first baby while he was having a showdown with a street gang and who responds to his son’s physically appalling abnormality by going on a rampage of alcohol and sex, eagerly awaiting news of the baby’s death?

Grove Press; Reissue edition January 13, Language: Oe began writing inwhilst still a student. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime.

The book opens with him pining for Africa, perusing maps of the country while his wife is in labour. What would you think? There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Pages with related products. As the novel begins, Bird is in a bookstore, having just purchased some maps of Africa, a place he has kwnzaburo dreamed of visiting.

A Personal Matter Summary

Bird tells the doctor that he plans to take the baby home. Explore the Home Gift Guide. The child itself appears to be a symbol. And I almost did. Nip the Buds, Shoot the Kezaburo. Learn more about Amazon Prime. Oe explores moral and kenzabuo themes as Bird has to make a choice to take responsibility or run away, to face or look away from the atrocity; to make the decision that would result in his ‘vegetable’ baby dying with dignity, or being killed in shame – a decision that eats away insidiously at his sanity.


Share your thoughts with other customers. He refuses to give him a name or even acknowledge his gender and burden himself with the task of acquainting himself with his newborn son. A Personal Matter Japanese: And at the very end, Bird, the accepting father. Also, some of the ugliness felt familiar, so again the author was incredibly brave to have been able to look that far into human ugliness possibly his own to come up with this story. Social relations are either violent or exploitative.

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He neither seems to feel passionately about his eo nor about the job at the cram school he has landed thanks to the benevolence of his father-in-law. At first he is being overpowered by them, but ultimately he is able to fight them off.

What if part of you couldn’t stop thinking, if he survives, my life will become much less fun?

Big fun for the masochistic misanthropes of there. Oe Kenzaburo won the Nobel Prize in Literature inwhich adds absolutely no enjoyment to his novels.