The Silent Cry by Kenzaburo Oe
The Silent Cry by Kenzaburo Oe

The Silent Cry

by Kenzaburo Oe




The key work by the Nobel Prize winner, "The Silent Cry" encapsulates 'Japanese history, society and politics within a single, tight narrative' (Susan Napier). Two brothers, Takashi and Mitsu, return from Tokyo to the village of their childhood. Selling their family home leads them to an inescapable confrontation with their family history. Their attempt to escape the influence of the city ends in failure as they realize that its tentacles extend to everything in the countryside, including their own relationship. In 1994, Kenzaburo Oe was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. Singling out "The Silent Cry", the Nobel Committee stated that 'his poetic force creates an imagined world, where life and myth condense to form a disconcerting picture of the human predicament'. Kenzaburo Oe is one of the great writers of the century and "The Silent Cry" is his masterpiece.