A Nobel Prize-winner's sign off: Kenzaburo Oe on fatherhood and post-war Japan

posted on 06 Dec 2015


Death by Water is the latest novel by the Nobel prize-winning Kenzaburo Oe to appear in English, and his fifth to be narrated by the heavily autobiographical character Kogito Choko. The title is taken from The Waste Land, and the “death” here is ostensibly that of Choko’s father, an army officer in rural Shizuoka who at the end of the Second World War becomes involved in a plot to steal a warplane and bomb the Imperial Palace in Tokyo. Instead of following through, he takes a red suitcase and boards a small rowing boat, entering a turbulent river that quickly engulfs him.

Read more of this review in The Telegraph on this link