: Una cuestion personal (Spanish Edition) () by Kenzaburo Oe and a great selection of similar New, Used and Collectible Books . A Personal Matter is a novel by Japanese writer Kenzaburō Ōe. Written in , the novel is semi-autobiographical and dark in tone. It tells the story of Bird. Kenzaburō Ōe, the winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, A partir de este hecho, se suceden en Una cuestión personal un gran número de.

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I was shocked at how disgustingly honest Bird was with the reader, who is an obvious parallel to a younger Oe, who has a brain damaged child of his own, although when this was written, it was unclear how the child would develop as he grew up, which is how I think Oe managed to put the ending of A Personal Matter as he did.

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Needless to say, I finished the book and really became involved jna the characters and their thought processes. Bird struggles with this fact, and desires the child to die as soon as possible so as to not have the responsibility for the so-called “monster baby” to ruin his life and his prospects for travelling by himself to the African Continent. The classmates disapprove of Bird’s behaviour, claiming that he’s a drunk and should be fired from his job.

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He tries to help it along, kenaaburo him fed only on unx water instead of milk. He does not admit that he expects the baby’s death. Imagine your child was born with his brain outside of his head. His wife is in the hospital having a child, and Bird is enjoying a mud bath of self-hatred. I would give it 5 stars for creating such a memorable fuck of a character, except the book is about as pleasant as he is. However, haunted by the ordeal of his dying child, Bird is unable to achieve an erection at the mention of the word “pregnancy” and “womb” uttered by Himiko, and ends up resorting to the practice of BDSM.


Swaddled in skin as red as shrimp which gleamed with the luster of scar tissue, the baby was beginning ferociously to live, dragging its anchor of a heavy lump. According to a couple of reports read, this was a memoir of sorts although it is categorized as fiction. Maybe so; a deadly cactus. A Personal Matter Bird, the protagonist, is confronted by a grave problem, a problem that threatens his future freedom in life – a deformed baby.

I actually did appreciate Bird’s ugly, brutal, piercing honesty throughout. Like Bird’s inner world, the novel revolves around him, but does not operate in a vacuum. Written inthe novel is semi-autobiographical and dark in tone.

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For example, here, while putting on clean underwear at home after a night at hospital, he is ashamed at the sight of own genitals: You can help Wikipedia by expanding it. View all 6 comments. East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion. Eventually, he cuestio fired from his job teaching at a cram school in the process. Oe found inspiration in confronting his own heartbreaking tragedy through the dignity and courage of the survivors, and from Dr.

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It is a young man’s moral struggle to rise above his dreams for himself and his raging passions. They’re waiting for the child to die of his dreadful birth defects. Only Bird is informed of this; his partner is currently not conscious, the baby swept from the room, as is usually the case directly after birth. Not a book, therefore, likely to be suggested reading by the Japanese Tourist Agency.

The baby continued to live, and it was oppressing Bird, even beginning to attack him. It tells the story of Bird, a man who must come to terms with the birth of his mentally disabled son. When people talk about “perfect” novels, an idea I totally glower at, I think of this as an example. And then I felt better: 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.


I think one reason I love this book so much is because I really detested it when I started reading it. I like the way he writes in a flow that seems satisfying for a reader like me to enjoy. I taught this in a lit class last fall and several students said it was the best book they’d ever read. The irony clearly is meant to enmesh all of Japanese life in this single incident. Por un lado me parece brillante, pero por otro terrible y horrible.

He would have liked to flee his own body.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Cross post from here: His first son, Hiraki, was born in with brain hernia; his fate rested solely on Oe’s decisions. Instead, it becomes one of the most life-affirming kdnzaburo ever, meant to serve as a panacea for the ones suffering from the affliction kenzaaburo an undignified existence.

Back at his cram school job, he meets one of his friendly students who wishes to claim that the vomit incident the earlier day was caused by food poisoning, and not hangover, in order for Bird have better chances of not being fired. Bird is troubled by the revelation, and regrets having to inform the relatives of his wife about the facts concerning the state of the child, who is not expected to survive for long.

After the meeting with his supervisor, he is let go of his job. Bird, the protagonist, has a situation that worries most young parents. He was so bitter about his child, never celebrated the child’s birth, no love or appreciation or thankfulness was expressed toward his wife and child at first.