By Kenzaburō Ōe
Kenzaburo Oe, the winner of the 1994 Nobel Prize for Literature, is across the world acclaimed as essentially the most vital and influential post-World conflict II writers, recognized for his strong money owed of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and his personal fight to come back to phrases with a mentally handicapped son. The Swedish Academy lauded Oe for his "poetic strength [that] creates an imagined global the place lifestyles and fantasy condense to shape a disconcerting photograph of the human quandary today."
His hottest ebook, a private topic is the tale of chook, a annoyed highbrow in a failing marriage whose Utopian dream is shattered while his spouse supplies start to a brain-damaged baby.
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So with his knife, which he always carried in his pocket, cuts several slices of the whale, and throws them to the small fishes, saying, It is but just ye should at last feed on that which so long fed on you;' as oil ran in abundance from the places he had cut the slices out of, it vexed him to see that wasted which might turn to good money: 'But why,' said he, ' should I be disturbed at it ? What use have I for any ? ' So goes on feeling for oysters with his staff, which he always walked : ' ' !
So goes on feeling for oysters with his staff, which he always walked : ' ' ! ' with. Having at last found a hole, where, by their rattling at the bottom with his staff, he judged there might be a pretty many, he marks the place, and goes home to contrive some instrument to drag them up, being yet too cold for him to go in the water ; and as he had no tool but his knife and hatchet, both improper to make a hole in a board, as requisite to make a rake, which was wanting for that purpose; he beats out the end of his chest, in which there was a knot so having driven it out, he fastens the small end of a pole to Thus equipped, he went and raked up oysters, which added one dish to his ordinary, and sauce to others yet at length his stomach growing qualmish with eating altogether it.
Ammunition fitting, as being the most probable things to succeed ; but no such instrument being within his reach, he ponders again ; during which time, a crossbow offers itself to his mind, but it is as distant from his reach as the gun. It is true, there was stuff enough in the island to make many, but no tools but a hatchet and pocket-knife, wherewith, if he made shift to cut and shape a bow, he could not make a latch and spring necessary to it ; so he must not think on it yet, a bow being the only thing he could apply Thus having picked a to, he goes about one forthwith.
A Personal Matter by Kenzaburō Ōe