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Kenzaburō Ōe

Japanese novelist (1935-)

1935   -  

movement: naturalism
genre: novel
country of citizenship: Japan
native language: Japanese
languages spoken, written or signed: Japanese
educated at: University of Tokyo
occupation: writer, novelist, essayist, screenwriter, university teacher, science fiction writer
award received: Nobel Prize in Literature, Commander of the Legion of Honour, Akutagawa Prize, Kawabata award, Shinchosha literature award, Tanizaki Prize, Sei Itō Award, Asahi Prize
influenced by: Jean-Paul Sartre

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Kenzaburō Ōe (大江 健三郎, Ōe Kenzaburō, born 31 January 1935) is a Japanese writer and a major figure in contemporary Japanese literature. His novels, short stories and essays, strongly influenced by French and American literature and literary theory, deal with political, social and philosophical issues, including nuclear weapons, nuclear power, social non-conformism, and existentialism. Ōe was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1994 for creating "an imagined world, where life and myth condense to form a disconcerting picture of the human predicament today".
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