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Oe, Kenzaburo (Translated by Kunioki Yanagishita). JAPAN, THE AMBIGUOUS, AND MYSELF: THE NOBEL PRIZE SPEECH AND OTHER LECTURES. Tokyo, Japan: Kodansha International, 1995. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 128 pages. Fine/Fine.

Commemorative collection of speeches, re-presented as literary essays. One of Kenzaburo Oe's finest achievements. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only simultaneously with the Japanese-Language Edition. The First Edition is now scarce. The publisher's original promotional obi-band, missing in ALL other copies, intact. Presents Kenzaburo Oe's "Japan, The Ambiguous, And Myself" in a felicitous English translation. His great Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech, complemented with three other lectures, all of them re-presented as important and absorbing essays, and published in book form for the very first time. The title is an homage-allusion to the classic essay by Yasunari Kawabata, the first Japanese writer to win the Nobel Prize for Literature, and Oe's literary and spiritual predecessor. "The reader is exposed to the free-ranging thoughts of one of the century's most brilliant minds, who offers his message for mankind, and a selection of his most penetrating essays on themes from Hiroshima to the state of contemporary fiction" (Publisher's blurb). Kenzaburo Oe is that rare writer: A genius of language and form, a master storyteller whose themes and concerns are all deeply rooted in his personal experience, and just as important, a self-deprecating, reserved, yet irresistibly powerful voice. He is "The Other" Japanese writer of our time, that is, the exact opposite of and antithetical contrast to Yukio Mishima, particularly the latter's self-aggrandizing, ostentatious, and egotistical personality (there are no other words, and they in no way diminish Mishima's greatness). An absolute "must-have" title for Kenzaburo Oe collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully stamped (in his red Japanese "chop") and signed (in both Japanese characters and Roman alphabet) in black ink-pen on the publisher's bookplate (that is laid into the book) by Kenzaburo Oe. This title is a great collection. As far as we know, this is the only copy of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing with signed bookplate available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: The publisher's original promotional obi-band, missing in ALL other copies available online, is intact. A rare signed copy thus. Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1994. One of the greatest writers of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER KENZABURO OE TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 4770019807. $100.00

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