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A Personal Matter

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Original title  Kojinteki na taiken
Country  Japan
Publication date  1964
Originally published  1964
Genre  Autobiographical novel
Publisher  Grove Press
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Translator  John Nathan
Language  Japanese
Published in English  1964
Author  Kenzaburō Ōe
ISBN  0802150616
Awards  Shinchosha Literary Prize
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Kenzaburō Ōe books  The Silent Cry, Rouse Up O Young Men of th, Nip the Buds - Shoot the, Aghwee the Sky Monster, The Pinch Runner Memorandum

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A Personal Matter (Japanese: 個人的な体験; Kojinteki na taiken) is a novel by Japanese writer Kenzaburō Ōe. Written in 1964, the novel is semi-autobiographical and dark in tone. It tells the story of Bird, a man who must come to terms with the birth of his mentally disabled son.

Contents

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Plot

Bird's son is born with a brain hernia, like Ōe's was. Bird tries to escape his responsibility for the child and his crumbling relationship with his wife, turning to alcohol and an old girlfriend. He is fired from his job teaching at a cram school in the process. He half attempts to kill the child, albeit indirectly, and is forced to decide whether he wants to keep the child.

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