Tokyo: Kodansha International, 1995. First Edition. Hardcover. USED - Fine/ As New. Illustrated paper boards with white lettering to spine. Pale green endpapers. Clean, unmarked, bright. Binding tight and square. Corners sharp. 12.5 x 19 cm. 128 cm. / Fine. Very light shelfwear. Item #14427
In December 1994, on the acceptance of only the second Nobel Prize awarded to a Japanese writer, Kenzaburo Oe gave a speech that was a message for mankind: one that pledged his own faith in tolerance and human decency; in the renunciation of war; and in the healing power of art - the power to calm and purify.
Other key addresses he has given elsewhere join the Nobel lecture in this volume, giving a wider view of the work of a literary activist who sees himself as one of a dying breed in the intellectual life of his own country.
Even those unfamiliar with his writing will be stimulated by the free-ranging thoughts of one of the century's most brilliant minds.