Kenzaburo Oe Biography

Kenzaburo Oe, biography of the 1994 recipient of the Nobel Prize for Literature, was born in Ose, Japan. His father died during World War II when he was nine years old.

BIOGRAPHY

Kenzaburo Oe, recipient of the 1994 Nobel Prize for Literature, was born in Ose, Japan. His father died during World War II when he was nine years old. As a youth he received a militaristic formal education, but he learned of his village's culture from his grandmother. He later attended the University of Tokyo where he studied French literature.

Oe's first short story, SHISHA NO OGORI (LAVISH ARE THE DEAD), was published when he was 22. His first novel, MEGUMUSHIRI DOUCHI (NIP THE BUDS, SHOOT THE KIDS), was published a year later. One of his most famous books, KOJINTEKI-NA-TAIKEN (A PERSONAL MATTER) was based on his experiences with his mentally handicapped son, Hikari. The theme of deformity is found in many of his other works as well. He has produced several short story collections, essays, and more than 20 novels and was the second Japanese writer to win the Nobel Prize for Literature.

CHRONOLOGY

1935

He was born in Ose, Japan.

1944

His father died in the Pacific War.

1957

SHISHA NO OGORI (LAVISH ARE THE DEAD)

1958

MEGUMUSHIRI DOUCHI (NIP THE BUDS, SHOOT THE KIDS); He won the Akutagawa Prize.



1959

WARERA NO JIDAI, SEINEN NO OMEI; He received his B.A. from the University of Tokyo.

1960

KODOKU NA SEINEN NO KYUKA; He married Yakari Itami.

1961

SEVUNTIIN (SEVENTEEN)

1962

OKURETE KITA SEINEN, SAKEBIGOE

1963

SIETEKI NINGEN; His son, Hikari, was born.

1964

NICHIJO SEIKATSU NO BOKEN, SORA NO KAIBUTSU AQUWEE, KOJINTEKI NA TAIKEN (A PERSONAL MATTER), SORA NO KAIBUTSU AGUII (AGHWEE THE SKY MONSTER)

1965

HIROSHIMA NOTO (HIROSHIMA NOTES)

1967

MANTEN GANNEN NO HUTTOBORU (THE SILENT CRY)

1968

CHICHI YO ANATA WA DOKO E IKUNO KA?

1969

WARERA NO KYOKI O IKINOBIRU MICHI O OCHIEYO (TEACH US TO OUTGROW OUR MADNESS)

1971

MIZU KARA WAGA NAMIDA O NUQUITAMOO HI

1972

DOJIDAI TO SHITE NO SENGO, WAGA NAMIDA O NUGUITAMU HI (THE DAY HE HIMSELF SHALL WIPE MY TEARS AWAY)

1973

KOZUI WA WAGA AMASHII NI OYOBI

1976

PINCHIRANNA CHOSHO (THE PINCH RUNNER MEMORANDUM); He was visiting professor at the Colegio de Mexico in Mexico City.

1978

SHOSETSU NO HOHO

1979

DOJIDAI GEMU

1981

OE KENZABURO DOJIDAU RONSHU

1982

KAKU NO TAIKA TO "NINGEN" NO KOE

1983

ATARASHII HITO YO MEZAME YO

1984

IKANI KI O KOROSU KA, NIHON GENDAI NO YUMANISTO WATANABE KAZUO O YOMU

1986

M/T

1987

NATSUKASHII TOSHI E NO TEGAMI

1988

SAIGO NO SHOSETSU

1989

JINSEI NO SHINSEKI (AN ECHO OF HEAVEN); He was visiting professor at the University of California at Berkeley.

1990

CHIRYO NO TO

1992

BOKU GA HONTO NI WAKAKATTA KORO

1993

MOEGARU MODORI NO KI

1994

He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.

1999

TSUGAERI

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