Books by Kenzaburo Oé
NOTE: This list is as accurate as I could make it. However, because
of Oé's rising popularity, new translations of his works are
appearing relatively rapidly. Therefore, I may have missed some books that
blong on this list.
- Nip the Buds,
Shoot the Kids
- Oé's first novel, this is a story about a group of young delinquents
who are sent away from Juvenile Hall to escape the war. Although initially
unpopular, this book has received quite a bit of critical acclaim. It is
the only work of Oé's written before the birth of Hikari available in
English that I know of.
- A Personal
- Probably Oé's most widely known novel, this book was the first
one he wrote after the birth of his son, and his first book to be
translated into English. It is about a father's attempt to deal with the
birth of a severely mentally handicapped son, and is somewhat
- Teach Us To
Outgrow Our Madness
- This book is a collection of four short stories written by Oé,
all of them part of what he refers to as his "idiot son" cycle.
- The Silent
- Originally titled "The Football Game of the First Year of Manen", this
work is the story of two brothers, Mitsuabro and Takashi, and of their
relationship with each other and the world.
- The Pinch Runner
- This is a very complex book, full of changes in narrative style, as
well changes of timeflow and narrator within the story. Its focus is on two
fathers and their retarded children, although the story uses most of their
viewpoints in telling itself. A very interesting and deep work.
- This is a collection of essays written by Oé about the dropping
of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Oé does not completely
blame the United States for what they did; he feels that our dropping of
the bomb was at least as much the fault of Japan for starting the war in
the first place. This collection explores his feelings on the subject.
- Japan, the
Ambiguous, and Myself
- This book contains the Nobel lecture which it is named after, as well
as three other speeches Oé gave between 1986 and 1994. Its subject
matter ranges from his son to his thoughts on the place of Japan in the
- The Crazy Iris
and Other Stories
- This book is not written by Oé rather, it is a collection of
short stories selcted and edited by him. It deals mainly the stories of
those who survived the atmoic bombs dropped on Japan.
Last Updated 1-30-96
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