A Personal Matter

  • by Kenzaburo Oe, John Nathan (translator)
  • Narrated by Eric Michael Summerer
  • 7 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Nobel Prize winner Oe's most important novel, A Personal Matter, has been called by The New York Times "close to a perfect novel". In A Personal Matter, Oe has chosen a difficult, complex though universal subject: how does one face and react to the birth of an abnormal child? Bird, the protagonist, is a young man of 27 with antisocial tendencies who, more than once in his life, when confronted with a critical problem, has cast himself adrift on a sea of whisky like a besotted Robinson Crusoe. But he has never faced a crisis as personal or grave as the prospect of life imprisonment in the cage of his newborn infant-monster. Should he keep it? Dare he kill it?
Before he makes his final decision, Bird's entire past seems to rise up before him, revealing itself to be a nightmare of self-deceit. The relentless honesty with which Oe portrays his hero or antihero makes Bird one of the most unforgettable characters in recent fiction.

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What the Critics Say

"Oe's themes of abnormality, sexuality, and marginality are outside the tradition of Japanese equipose.... His work has a gritty, grotesque quality, which makes him seem more akin to Mailer, Grass, or Roth than to many Japanese novelists." (The New Yorker)

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Overwhelming

Seguramente será un clásico de la literatura universal. La búsqueda de los oscuros recovecos del yo genera una arrolladora vorágine de sentimientos y sensaciones. Desde lo más primitivo en la profundidad del sexo hasta lo más elaborado del pensamiento del filicida. No apto para suicidas, melodramáticos o tibios.
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- Salvador

Brutally Powerful...

semi-autobiographical novel about the mental anguish of discovering one's child is mentally challenged. An amazing tour de force
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- Douglas

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-20-2011
  • Publisher: Audible Studios