An astonishing interweaving of myth, fantasy, history and autobiography, Kenzaburo Oe's Death by Water is the shimmering masterpiece of a Nobel Prize-winning author.
Considered one of Japan's leading post-war writers, Kenzaburo Oe has won almost every major international honour, including the 1989 Prix Europalia and the 1994 Nobel Prize for Literature. He lives in Tokyo.
No Japanese novelist has ever written more brilliantly than Oe about the division that exists in the soul of his country. * Daily Telegraph *
Here is someone with astonishingly free access to his own past and his own thinking, finding insight and exhilaration in the most unlikely places * Observer *
Kenzaburo Oe's poetic force creates an imagined world, where life and myth condense to form a disconcerting picture of the human predicament today. * Nobel Prize Committee *