This classic work of world literature by the 1994 Japanese Nobel laureate is a devastating and moving blend of memoir and fiction.

An uncanny blend of the real with the imagined, of memoir with fiction, A Quiet Life is narrated by Ma-chan, a twenty-year-old woman. Her father is a famous and fascinating novelist; her older brother, though severely brain-damaged, possesses an almost magical gift for musical composition; and her mother's life is devoted to the care of them both.

Ma-chan and her younger brother find themselves emotionally on the outside of this oddly constructed nuclear family. But when her father accepts a visiting professorship from an American university, Ma-chan finds herself suddenly the head of the household and at the center of family relationships that "are movingly illuminated" (The New York Times) through Oe's unique and unpredictable genius.

Genre: General Fiction

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Hardback Editions

October 1996 : USA Hardback
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Title: A Quiet Life
Author(s): Kenzaburo Oe
ISBN: 0-8021-1597-7 / 978-0-8021-1597-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Grove Pr
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Paperback Editions

January 1998 : UK Paperback
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Title: A Quiet Life
Author(s): Kenzaburo Oe
ISBN: 0-330-35311-X / 978-0-330-35311-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Picador
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December 1997 : USA Paperback
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Title: A Quiet Life (Oe, Kenzaburo)
Author(s): Kenzaburo Oe
ISBN: 0-8021-3546-3 / 978-0-8021-3546-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Grove Press
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Kindle Editions

January 1998 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: A Quiet Life: A Novel
Author(s): Kenzaburo Oe
Publisher: Grove Press
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