A Personal Matter

Author: Kenzaburo Oe

Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.

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Category: Fiction

Page: 214

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From the Nobel Prize–winning author: “One of the great short novels of the 20th century” (Jonathan Franzen, The Wall Street Journal). Internationally acclaimed as one of the world’s most influential writers, Kenzaburō Ōe brings to the fore the post-WWII rage and anxiety of a decorous society in this “deathly black comedy . . . dripping with nuclear terror” (The Japan Times). Bird is an antisocial twenty-seven-year-old intellectual hanging on to a failing marriage with whiskey. He dreams of going to Africa where the sky sprawls with possibilities. Then, as though walloped by a massive invisible fist, Bird’s Utopian fantasies are shattered when his wife gives birth to what he calls their “monster baby.” Now, Bird is left with one question: How can he and his wife spend the rest of their lives with this damaged thing clinging to their backs? As shameful, disgraceful, and unthinkable a desire as it is, Bird has an answer. Not sealed. Not just yet. Not before Bird flees on a bender of indiscriminate (and frustratingly impotent) sex, hard liquor, self-delusion, and most terrifying of all—self-discovery. “[I’d] forgotten just how crazy it is . . . It feels so much like life to me . . . it tells me that Ōe is onto something correct. People don’t want to deal with reality.” —Jonathan Franzen, The Wall Street Journal “Very close to a perfect contemporary novel.” —The New York Times “An astonishing novel.” —Mother Jones

A Personal Matter

Author: Kenzaburo Oe

Publisher: Grove Press

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Category: Fiction

Page: 165

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Kenzaburo Oe, the winner of the 1994 Nobel Prize for Literature, is internationally acclaimed as one of the most important and influential post-World War II writers, known for his powerful accounts of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and his own struggle to come to terms with a mentally handicapped son. The Swedish Academy lauded Oe for his "poetic force [that] creates an imagined world where life and myth condense to form a disconcerting picture of the human predicament today." His most popular book, A Personal Matter is the story of Bird, a frustrated intellectual in a failing marriage whose Utopian dream is shattered when his wife gives birth to a brain-damaged child. "In writing novels there is no substitute for maturity and moral awareness. Kenzaburo Oe has both."--Alan Levensohn, Christian Science Monitor

A Personal Matter. a Comedy in One Act

Author: F E 1857-1920 Chase

Publisher: Palala Press

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Developing Contrastive Pragmatics

Interlanguage and Cross-cultural Perspectives

Author: Martin Pütz

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter

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Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 437

View: 867

A collection of papers on Contrastive Pragmatics, involving research on interlanguage and cross-cultural perspectives with a focus on second language acquisition contexts.

The Handbook of Personal Wealth Management

How to Ensure Maximum Returns with Security

Author: Jonathan Reuvid

Publisher: Kogan Page Publishers

ISBN:

Category: Finance, Personal

Page: 397

View: 169

This important guide, now fully updated for a second edition and once again endorsed by the Institute of Directors, has been written for high earners and wealthy individuals who are looking to maximise returns on their capital and protect their accumulated wealth. It offers authoritative and jargon-free advice to how to structure personal and business-related finances, as well as providing an accessible overview of current financial products. It includes details on strategies for sound wealth management, as well as offering a full examination of the available securities and financial products, including alternative investments and self-managed investments. It also reviews the more proactive alternatives of starting a business or becoming a business angel.

Philosophical Dimensions of Personal Construct Psychology

Author: Bill Warren

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN:

Category: Psychology

Page: 216

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This book traces the philosophical history of Personal Construct Psychology through the broad and complex tradition of phenomenology and thinkers such as Spinoza, Hegel and Heidegger. The author also gives credit to the influence of general creative and dramatic literature across a variety of cultures. Specific issues addressed in depth include the position of Personal Construct Psychology with regard to philosophy of science, determinism and free will, concepts of mental illness and the implications for social and political philosophy.

Myth and the Christian Nation

A Social Theory of Religion

Author: Burton L. Mack

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN:

Category: Religion

Page: 224

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America is widely regarded as the ultimate "Christian Nation." Religious language has always been at the forefront of American politics but this has increased since the events of 9/11. 'Myth and the Christian Nation' presents a startling analysis of how and why Christianity and national identity have been woven together in recent American political discourse. Drawing on examples of religious myth-making across the ancient world 'Myth and the Christian Nation' brings the weight of history to bear on America today, a place where myth, monotheism, sovereignty and power can be harnessed together in the service of specific interests. The book invites readers to rethink the role of religion in the construction of social democracy and to see America afresh.

Psychic Assaults and Frightened Clinicians

Countertransference in Forensic Settings

Author: John Gordon

Publisher: Karnac Books

ISBN:

Category: Psychology

Page: 176

View: 275

'...a fascinating read for mental health workers regardless of their own theoretical background. Working with disturbed and disturbing individuals in secure settings produces strong feelings, and working with those feelings is undoubtedly an essential part of providing care effectively. This book is likely to challenge readers' understandings of their own actions and reactions.' (Dr Neil Brimblecombe, Director of Mental Health Nursing, Department of Health, and Nurse Director, Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust.)