Kenzaburō Ōe

Kenzaburō Ōe

January 31, 1935 – ...

Kenzaburō Ōe 大江 健三郎 Ōe Kenzaburō 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".