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Thomas Hounds
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Aug 13 2015, 07:10 AM
read the academy blurb even if you can't be arsed to read anything besides the most well known :)
That apart i don't really care about who wins what or get excited about :)
I can't help but feel a little miffed, but maybe that's a difference between American and English dialects. Since when have Nobel blurbs meant anything at all though? They are vague and very laconic, and I've read most of them.

for his novels which, with the perspicuity of realistic narrative art and the diversity and universality of myth, illuminate the human condition in the world of today

What is that supposed to tell me? Well I guess there is his neanderthal book which does look interesting. I will probably end up buying that one.

@Bloss So you can read Murakami in Japanese? You've also reversed the story. It was John Nathan who was at a party and was stunned to watch Oe, drunk, walk up to Yukio Mishima's wife and angrily call her a cunt, in English. Anyway, The Day He Himself Shall Wipe Away Our Tears is fantastic, it might be the best novel by a living author (or novella if you will), and Nip the Buds, Shoot the Kids is also raw but incredible. I've read about half a dozen novellas and novels by Oe so far, and I for the life of me can't find any sort of obtuse obsession with Sartre that defines his novels. Quite frankly there is far more of Huck Finn in them than fucking Sartre.

Please do enlighten me on Claude Simon's bigoted argument with Oe. Never heard about it. Though Simons The Acacia was one of the unread books I brought with me to Japan. It's other counterparts in fiction are Cervantes, Moby Dick, Crime and Punishment, and The Glass Bead Game, and The Master and the Margarita. An assortment of novels I've just never gotten around to.
Edited by Thomas Hounds, Aug 13 2015, 10:40 AM.
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