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A Personal Matter

(1968)
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Kenzaburo Ōe'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.

Genre: Literary Fiction

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January 1995 : UK Paperback
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Title: A Personal Matter
Author(s): Kenzaburo Oe
ISBN: 0-330-34435-8 / 978-0-330-34435-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Picador
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January 1994 : USA Paperback
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Title: A Personal Matter
Author(s): Kenzaburo Oe, John Nathan
ISBN: 0-8021-5061-6 / 978-0-8021-5061-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Grove Press
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January 1994 : Paperback
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Title: [(A Personal Matter)] [Author: Kenzaburo Oe] published on (January, 1994)
Author(s): Kenzaburo Oe
Publisher: Grove Press / Atlantic Monthly Press
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1994 : Paperback
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Title: A Personal Matter
Author(s): Kenzaburo Oe
ISBN: 4805302275 / 978-4805302279
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January 1970 : USA Paperback
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Title: Personal Matter
Author(s): Nathan John, Oe Kenzaburo
ISBN: 0-394-17141-1 / 978-0-394-17141-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Grove Press
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December 2011 : USA Audio edition
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Title: A Personal Matter
Author(s): Kenzaburo Oe, John Nathan - translator
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December 2011 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: A Personal Matter
Author(s): Kenzaburo Oe, John Nathan - translator
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December 2011 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: A Personal Matter
Author(s): Kenzaburo Oe, John Nathan - translator
Publisher: Audible Studios
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December 2011 : UK Audio edition
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Title: A Personal Matter
Author(s): Kenzaburo Oe, John Nathan - translator
Publisher: Audible Studios
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May 2011 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: A Personal Matter
Author(s): Kenzaburo Oe
Publisher: Grove Press
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