Kenzaburo Oe: His Intense Novels and Defiant Politics Challenged a Modern Japan

From a New York Times obit by Daniel Lewis headlined “Kenzaburo Oe, Nobel Laureate and Critic of Postwar Japan, Dies at 88”:

Kenzaburo Oe, a Nobel laureate whose intense novels and defiant politics challenged a modern Japanese culture that he found morally vacant and dangerously tilted toward the same mind-set that led to catastrophe in World War II, died.

Mr. Oe was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1994 for creating what the Nobel committee called “an imagined world where life and myth condense to form a disconcerting picture of the human predicament today.”