: 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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There is no doubt in my mind that A Personal Matter is a skilfully executed piece of literature.

Shigeto, himself a survivor, who had devoted his career to caring for victims of the A-bomb atrocity. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Bird’s aimlessness, his dreaming of Africa, his reluctance to commit, are all not unusual for a year old, and it may just be the extent of his tragedy that makes his wrestling with responsibility seem more crass than others.

It almost feels like somebody poking at and opening up our most secret, suppurating, psychological wounds and making them bleed all over again, thereby compelling us to wake up to the realization of their existence.

They are so realistic and developed without any complexity. Thus begins Bird’s gradual transformation, which the reader witnesses with mixed feelings. Embriaga-se e procura a ajuda de uma amiga. What if part of you couldn’t stop thinking, if he survives, my life will become much less fun?

Time covered those early impulses over. This is an astonishingly moral work, although the foundation of Oe’s morality is not framed in the more familiar Judeo-Christian orientation of the west. Un ser vicioso y miserable; en fin crea a un ser como hay muchos sobre nuestro planeta.

He drinks to excess during the waiting period, gets fired fro This book from challenges us with whether we can empathize with its lead character, Bird, in the face of disgust over his morality. What to make of a young man whose wife has just delivered their first baby while he was having a showdown with a street gang and who responds to his son’s physically appalling abnormality by going on a rampage of alcohol and sex, eagerly awaiting news of the baby’s death? He is selfish to the point of entertaining ideas of running away with his lover to Africa, abandoning all his responsibilities.


He ultimately has to choose between responsibility and his own happiness, and has some help along the way from people whose lives he has affected in the past, and learns things he does not expect about each decision. What would you think? It seems this indisputable fact had eluded him so far. I think one reason I love this book so much is because I really detested it when I started reading it.

Oe explores moral and philosophical themes as Bird has to make a choice to take responsibility or run away, to face or look away from the atrocity; to make the decision that would result in his ‘vegetable’ baby dying with dignity, or being killed in shame – a decision that eats away insidiously at keenzaburo sanity. Somehow I must get away from the monster cusstion. The book starts off with this something college professor named Bird, who is wandering the streets after drinking in a bar. View all 12 comments.

Bird entra numa espiral de desespero. East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion. This simple manner of developing strong characters did astonish me.

View all 4 comments. I didn’t know what to expect, but was surprised to discover a Japanese existentialist, a student of twentieth century French extentialist literature. Social relations are cuestkon violent or exploitative.

First US edition cover. Photo of Mount Fuji from exploreshizuoka. Por un lado me parece brillante, pero por otro terrible y horrible.

As he comes full circle, traversing the seemingly infinite distance between madness and sanity, so does the reader. Instead of submerging us in the pure pathos of its suffering characters, we get a brilliant and black satiric comedy of dancing, skating life on a stage of thin ice.

Una Cuestion Personal (English, Spanish, Paperback)

This connection is mostly up to the reader as we garner little visions on the scope of life of a defeated nation in the painful process of recovery after the war. Bird continued to cry. So he has a low-status job as a cram-school instructor.


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Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. How would you feel? I’m not trying to say that I simply didn’t like them or that they were horrible characters; I mean that if I knew these people in real life, I would likely be in I’m torn. Oe is not a rookie. I mean, fucking hell, get a grip. But eventually he decides to allow the operation and keep the baby. I’m not trying to say that I simply didn’t like them or that they were horrible characters; I mean that if I knew these people in real life, I would likely be in prison because every single one of them are deserving of some righteous act of God that is reserved for the lowest and most inhumane members of society.

The story is essentially an extreme study of morals within the main character, who is a tragic character wh This was the first book by Oe that I’ve read, and it was fantastic.

A Personal Matter

I picked the book up again and got more into it. The baby enters this world with potential brain damage, unbeknownst to his wife, the mother.

Not a book, therefore, likely to be suggested reading by the Japanese Tourist Agency.

It can be difficult to read because of the brutality of the descriptions and language in the book, but extremely worthwhile. The ending might seem predictable, yet it is something deeply rooted in Japanese culture to take responsibility for your actions and embrace what life brings to you and more natural than premeditated if the novel is read vividly. Bird, the miserable failure of a man. I don’t know, but you wouldn’t be alone. Jun 09, Paula W rated it really liked it. Have I ever considered that a cabbage being munched by a goat was in pain?