Oe Kenzaburo (大江健三郎; Ōe Kenzaburō) is a major figure in contemporary Japanese literature. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1994.
Born January 31, 1935 in a village in Shikoku, he moved to Tokyo at age eighteen to study French literature at the University of Tokyo and began writing while still a student in 1957, strongly influenced by contemporary writing in France and the United States.
Oe, whose son Oe Hikari is mentally disabled, often produces deeply personal, semi-autobiographical work; for example, 1968's A Personal Matter (個人的な体験, Kojinteki na taiken) is the story of a man who must come to terms with his son's mental disability.
Works translated into English
Lavish Are The Dead (1957)
Someone Else's Feet (1957)
Prize Stock/The Catch (1957)
Nip the Buds, Shoot the Kids (1958)
A Personal Matter (1964)
Aghwee the Sky Monster (1964)
Hiroshima Notes (1965)
The Day He Himself Shall Wipe My Tears Away (1972)
The Silent Cry (1967)
Teach Us to Outgrow Our Madness (1969)
The Pinch Runner Memorandum (1976)
Rouse Up O Young Men of the New Age! (1983)
Japan's Dual Identity: A Writer's Dilemma (1988)
An Echo of Heaven (1989)
A Quiet Life (1990)
Japan, the Ambiguous, and Myself: The Nobel Prize Speech and Other Lectures (1995)
A Healing Family (1995)