Kenzaburo Oe

KENZABURO OE was born in 1935 in a village in Shikoku, an island off the southwest coast of mainland Japan. After studying French literature at Tokyo University, he won his first literary award—the coveted Akutagawa Prize—for a short story, "The Catch." A writer committed to both literary and humanitarian causes, his output has included (in English) A Personal MatterThe Silent CryTeach Us to Outgrow Our MadnessThe Pinch Runner Memorandum, and Nip the BudsKill the Kids. These and other works of his have been widely translated, not only in Europe and Russia but in several Asian countries.
Oe, who won the Nobel Prize in 1994, lives in Tokyo with his wife and three children.