Teach us to Outgrow our Madness

Teach us to Outgrow our Madness : Four Short Novels

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Prize Stock, the first of the novels included in Teach Us to Outgrow Our Madness, depicts the relationship between a Japanese boy and a black American airman captured during the second world war. Teach Us to Outgrow Our Madness, the title story, is a semi-autobiographical account of a father coming to terms with his brain-damaged son. Aghwee The Sky Monster is about a young man's first job - chaperoning a banker's son. In The Day He Himself Shall Wipe My Tears Away, the narrator lies on his hospital bed eagerly waiting to die of cancer.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 126 x 198 x 18mm | 299.37g
  • Serpent's Tail
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Japanese
  • Main
  • 1852421630
  • 9781852421632

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?Obsession in and of itself is hardly a guarantee of literary quality, but Oe is a supremely gifted writer, able to ?fictionalize? the most significant elements of his life as can few others, and his work has enormous impact? Washington Post ?Oe?s genius is his ability to blend apparent naturalism and the fantastic, autobiography and fiction, historical reconstruction and the inner life? Magazine Litt?raire
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About Kenzaburo Oe

Winner of the 1994 Nobel Prize for Literature. Born in 1935, Kenzaburo Oe is the leading Japanese writer of his generation. He spent the 1960s in Paris where he came under the influence of Sartre. The Nobel Committee stated that 'his poetic force creates an imagined world, where life and myth condense to form a disconcerting picture of the human predicament'. Kenzaburo Oe is one of the great writers of the 20th century.
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