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Nobel Prize winner and Japanese writer Kenzaburo Oe has passed away at the age of 88. His darkly poetic novel draws on his childhood memories of Japan’s postwar occupation, as a parent of a disabled son who left the world, leaving families and entire communities crumbling. His publisher, Kodansha Ltd, issued a statement on Monday confirming that Oe had died of old age on March 3. For his work, he won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1994, with the judges praising his “darkly poetic” novels for their disturbing depictions of the human plight”.
Since the news of Japanese literature was officially announced by his publisher, his family and society have mourned the passing of the Japanese author, and offer condolences to those who were able to make it through the loss of a loved one. family member. One tweet read, ” Oe KenzaburoIt is with great sadness that his death was announced today. I love the way he told the far right in Japan to fuck off in the latter part of WWII, and even got attacked by far right nationalists for it. He also participated in the Ampo protest. Rest in peace, a humanitarian wretch.”
Who is Kenzaburo Oe?
Born in Ose City, Ehime Prefecture on January 31, 1935, his original name was Kenzaburo Oe. He is the third son of seven children in the family. He studied art and oral acting with his grandmother, who died in 1944, the same year his father died in the Pacific War. His mother became his primary educator and bought him books such as “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” and “The Fantastic Adventures of Nils,” which Oe says had an impact on him “that will Take it to the grave.”
He went to high school in Matsuyama and traveled to Tokyo for the first time when he was 18 years old. He then began studying French literature at the University of Tokyo under Professor Kazuo Watanabe, an expert on François Rabelais. He then began publishing stories in 1957. He was also part of the security protests against the US-Japan Security Treaty as a member of a group of young writers, artists, and composers called the Young Japan Association. Memushiri Kouchi, Sevuntiin, Kojinteki na taiken, Hiroshima noto, Pinchiranna chosho, Jinsei no shinseki, Kaifuku suru kazoku, Torikae ko, Atarashii hito yo mezame yo, etc. Some of his books are also available in English. His family and friends will always remember him.