An Echo of Heaven by Kenzaburo Oe

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From Nobel Prize winner Oe comes the story of Marie Kuraki, a Japanese woman with a smile like Betty Boop's, who has become a saint to a group of Mexican farm workers. Although Marie is an unbeliever in search of spiritual peace, she embarks on a journey prompted by a series of personal tragedies, including the deaths of her husband and sons.

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Kenzaburo Oe was born on January 31, 1935. He was born in a small village on the island of Shikoku, Japan. A winner of numerous Japanese literary prizes, Oe came to manhood during World War II and the occupation. At Tokyo University, Oe studied Jean-Paul Sartre and absorbed many popular leftist ideas. These influences appear in his early writings, which often deal with contemporary issues. With the birth of his deformed son, father and son became the new focus of his work. In his two books, A Personal Matter (1964) and A Healing Family (1996), Oe describes the pain involved with accepting his brain-damaged son and the small victories involved their lives as his son progressed. In 1994, Oe won the Nobel Prize for Literature.
Published April 1, 1996 by Kodansha Amer Inc. 204 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Political & Social Sciences. Fiction

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The 1994 Nobelist's most recent novel (after Nip the Buds, Shoot the Kids, 1995) is a tense meditation on the life of a stricken woman whose sufferings and subsequent transformation linger hauntingly in the memory of the narrator entrusted with her story.

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